Sunday, January 27, 2013

When Precious...

Nevertheless, this is very good root beer.



“I revolted by becoming a sensitive person, which I am not. I hate folk music. I don't care for most of the sensitive people I feel obligated to hang out with...

I pour a round of Lowenbrau, being careful not to pour along the side but straight down so the beer can express itself, and they say, “Did you ever try Dockendorf?” It’s made by the Dockendorf family from hand-pumped water in their ancient original family brewery in an unspoiled Pennsylvania village where the barley is hauled in by Amish families who use wagons with oak beds. Those oak beds give Dockendorf its famous flavor.  

These beer bores, plus the renovators of Victorian houses, the singer-songwriters, the runners, the connoisseurs of northern Bengali cuisine, the collectors of everything Louis Armstrong recorded between August 1925 and June 1928, his seminal period—they are driving me inexorably toward life as a fat man in a bungalow swooning over sweet-and-sour pork. ”  

Garrison Keillor, Lake Wobegon Days





13 comments:

John said...

Hilarious! I knew the quote instantly...that's been one of my favorite books for years.

Anonymous said...

Best few paragraphs I've read in a long while. Hilarious, underlined by reality. Thank you and thank you Garrison.

The Silver Bunny said...

Oh how I love this post ; I wish I had written this excerpt myself !

Susan R said...

Love the quote and love Root Beer. I have never been a consumer of alcohol, but absolutely love a fine aged, full bodied root beer.
Seriously....Henry Weinhard aka Hanks is my favorite. However, it must be drank from the bottle. It makes a difference.

Farrah said...

Keillor is a witty writer!

mary anne said...

Wonderful! I agree!

Greenfield said...

You and Garrison nailed it! And on the subject of bores, don't forget the yogeeks droning on about their Downward Dogs and the o-ween-o-philes trying to impress everyone in the wine store.

(My "downward dogs" got a skunk last night--and he got them, too!)

Flo said...

Garrison Keillor can always makes me laugh, no one tells a story quite like him.

As a kid my dad made homemade rootbeer. Fond memories of it going "hot" and exploding all over the basement where it was stored! I've been in search of something that is similar, and the closest I've come is Sioux City Sasparilla. I wonder if Saranac would be close? Hmmm!

Sartre said...

I don't necessarily see the connection between being sensitive and being precious and pretentious. Not to mention which Keillor is as sensitive as any writer alive. That said, I think the stuff about the beer bores and the food snobs etc. is brilliant and on target.

WRJ said...

I have to admit that I hate "A Prairie Home Companion" with a passion (probably from overexposure as a child), but the quote is hilarious. That said, I stopped at the Grafton factory store (oddly, about 45 minutes from Grafton) for some 4-year aged Cheddar earlier today and will probably go for a run (outside) tomorrow, so Mr. Keillor would probably hate me with equal passion.

Worthington said...

Garrison Keillor is going to be missed when he passes. My childhood, and every adult weekend I am home at my parents, includes Prairie Home... whether on a Sat night or the repeat the next day. We have seen him live too, but there is something classic about hearing the radio show while a good book in your lap and a drink in your hand that makes it iconic.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for recognizing Saranac Root Beer! The Adirondacks are so under appreciated.

Josh said...

Great Keillor quote.
I first read some Wobegon books when I was a teenager at school (in the UK), my uncle in Rhode Island had sent me a couple.
I think it might be time to revisit them. Thanks