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The Perfect Pint Gets Tossed Aside
Well. It is nice for Ireland that its bounding entrance into the knowledge economy has ratcheted up household incomes and added tremendous wealth and weal to the nation as a whole. And it is well that folks from elsewhere in Europe are jetting in droves to Hibernia, making Ireland the fasting-growing member of the E.U. But I would be pleased to observe, just once, a place in ascendence which does not toss its noblest traditions aside in favor of the faceless melange of Chardonnay and Pier One that’s said to attend an upward “lifestyle shift.”
But green Ireland has fallen flat. Guinness beer is on the outs. They like red wine now. “Beer sales are declining while the amount of wine is phenomenal. Before, people would say they wanted a white wine, now they’ll say they want a Chardonnay,” a barkeep says.
Why? Because Guinness is too difficult a beverage. Paul Stevenson, president of the Vintners Association of Ireland, ventures: “In times gone past, alcohol in this country was an acquired taste. You acquired a taste for porter, or Guinness. Your father would have brought you to the pub and sat you down and taught you how to drink. That doesn’t seem to happen now. When people taste something they want something instantly which tastes nice.”
Something which tastes nice, yes. Guinness, if I understand correctly, sits at the very apogee of human development in the field of nice-tasting. The evidence overwhelms. To wit:
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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