The other day I read NH Law Gives Nanobreweries a Larger Standing on the Boston Globe. I was pretty happy about this. Back in my Indiana home, Bier Brewery has been doing this for several years now. I’ve stood in line for eternity only for my dreams to be dashed a few patrons ahead of me as the Pumpkin Beer kicked! Why?!?! It’s a cruel local world! When the beer’s out, the beer’s out.
So, it really got me thinking about the increasing snobbery of buying alcohol. If I really think back on it, it may have actually been drinking good “local” beer that got me into the rest of this local good food craziness! Think about it:
Small batch = Small Farms
Closer Fresher = Closer Fresher
More expensive booze: Worth it = More expensive food: Worth it
“Yeah I totally have a bunch of friends who brew their own beer!” = “Yeah I totally have friends who raise their own chickens!”
“I’ll brew my own” = “I’ll grow my own”
Why are we willing to go through so much trouble and pay the extra for good booze? But not food? Well, maybe I’m willing to spend on food, but at a restaurant, and NOT at a farmer’s market or CSA. I can only hope that as fancy beer drinking and brewing becomes more and more trendy, fancy food buying and growing will also become more and more trendy.’
Has anyone else had this willingness to buy local booze before local food?