Monday, November 14, 2011


I've been thinking a lot lately about the Occupy Wall Street Movement. While the skeptic, pessimist, and pragmatist (do all three mean the same thing?) in me doubts the long-term efficacy of the movement, the short-term media coverage at least makes it clear what the message is.

But, really, it's not just Wall Street. The Declaration of the New York City General Assembly lays out the grievances thusly:
  • They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
  • They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
  • They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
  • They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
  • They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
  • They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
  • They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
  • They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
  • They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
  • They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
  • They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
  • They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
  • They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
  • They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
According to Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors, beer is for straight, football-lovin' males that love to make fun of each and ogle the ladies (but drink responsibly boys). 

Beer is a commodity product. It all tastes the same. Barley and hops is barley and hops (except when it's triple hop brewed). Fields of barley in Montana and North Dakota are the same as fields of barley in California and Wisconsin.

If you don't have Clydesdales you aren't cool.

It took national boycotts in the 70s and 80s to cure labor issues at Coors. Anheuser-Busch was sued in 2005 for using illegal surveillance practices on its employees.

None of the three major beer marketing companies in the United States are owned and operated by US companies.

They have bought and influenced politicians in Wisconsin and throughout the United States to actively suppress competition from craft brewers.

Four Loko and similar products, despite known health issues with alcohol and caffeine products, were pushed into student and minority markets.

Through control of advertising and other media outlets, the major breweries impose propaganda on the public to their own benefit and to the detriment of craft beer.

Beer, perhaps more than any other product, imposes American colonialism world-wide. 

I propose that we promote an agenda to #OccupyBeer. Tell Anheuser-Busch-InBev, SABMiller, and MolsonCoors that you agree with Twisted Sister "We Aren't Gonna Take It". Tell the Beer Marketing Companies that you disagree with their world-view. Tell them that you prefer local, you prefer craft, you prefer sustainable. 

And, most importantly, drink craft beer.


  1. In solidarity, we are brewing #OccupyCranberryPorter. Expect us around Thanksgiving.

  2. You can always count on #Vintage.

  3. Im not that Scott, but if vintage is doing some, that would be awesome.

  4. The one brewery I am very excited about besides Vintage is the Furthermore Brewing. I just had the Apple Cream Ale and it's great.

  5. Scott, haha. Sorry wrong Scott. Don't go to Vintage for the #OccupyCranberryPorter, they won't know what you're talking about.

    And, yes, Fallen Apple is delicious.

  6. I love you, man.

  7. This past summer on the way back from the Twin Cities, we stopped at Sand Creek brewery in Black River. As we were taking a tour there, we realized this is where Furthermore is made. Unfortunately there was none to sample or purchase. The tour guide was a little miffed at how excited we were about the Furthermore beers, but not about the groovy brew or whatever else they make.

  8. So, the cranberry porter didn't turn out quite as expected. The background porter was dry and delicious. However,

    1. 4 lbs of cranberries in 5 gallons of porter might have been overkill.
    2. Cranberries alone are probably too tart. Im thinking 1/5lb. blackberries, 1lb. cranberries might do the trick.


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