Aug 11 2010 11:31 am

the blue state theory

Michigan is probably the most weirdly shaped of all states, the direct contiguity of land masses being of first importance when adjudicating shape weirdness.  It’s all fucking wonky.  The Lower Peninsula itself is like you piled a bunch of dirt and rocks on a piece of paper in a foot of water then tried to lift it out with only one hand under the paper.  And I’m sure Wisconsin is pretty pissed about the whole Upper Peninsula thing, or Canada maybe, and Ohio?  While the Toledo War was relatively bloodless, the psychological scars run deep. 

Why Michigan has such good fishing and beer is probably unrelated directly to its shape.  The shape and the fishing certainly share some common cause, but why do some areas of the country have great craft beer and others don’t?  What do California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, for instance, all have in common?  They all voted democrat in 2008 (and, except for Colorado, in 2000 and 2004 as well). 

Do liberals just like better beer?  Surely it’s more complicated than that: liberals are more creative, interesting, and willing to take risks than are conservatives.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  I’m sure conservatives would respond with the arrogance, faux-sophisticate counter attack: liberals like to feel superior and “cultured” so they make and drink expensive, fancy beer.  If only beer was more French, then they would have an argument.  Wink.  Wink. 



More traditional brewing states like Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, and even Ohio and Indiana share some obvious social history in that they hosted large German immigrant communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries, but Indiana and Ohio have fallen off the pace over the past twenty years, Three Floyds and Hoppin’ Frog notwithstanding, though they are making giant strides recently.  Is the blue state theory of craft beer enough to account for these trends?  Probably.  If nothing sticks to Teflon, how does Teflon stick to the pan?

Either way, it’s widely known that you don’t get rich playing Keno at the Sandbar.  Say, Wade, what happened to your website dude?


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