So far in 2013, Thebeerchaser Tour of Portland Taverns has been in low gear with only The Grand Café (which was a grand stop) and the Davis Street Tavern reviewed. Three additional establishments will be visited next week including one brewery and posts will follow.
So during the interim and after contemplating some historic treasures below, I present the 2012 Beerchaser.com Annual Report compiled by WordPress. For those of you who are considering blogging, WordPress is a great option for your software. There are some interesting statistics in the report, and although it is a bit tardy, take a quick glance below and click on the link:
Wisdom in Words
Those of you who follow this blog know that Thebeerchaser loves wisdom imparted through quotations – many by statesmen and notable philosophers on beer-related topics. Consider the following:
G. K. Chesterton
This brilliant British essayist, philosopher, newspaper columnist and novelist lived from 1874 to 1936 in London and was often known as GKC. He defended Christians although he would not hesitate to take jabs at any institution.
“No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness – or as good as drink.”
His dry wit and erudition is remarkable. An internet search of his many remarkable quotes will entertain and impress you including two of my favorites below:
“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.”
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
The Prime Minister showed remarkable courage, foresight and political savvy during the War years. He was also the master of a dry wit – which might require moisturizer lotion even on a rainy Portland afternoon. (courtesy David Dickson):
“Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than it has taken out of me.”
And yes, even the Puritans who were stern and unyielding in their moral hygiene, understood the importance of ale when considering their course of action as evidenced from the following excerpt from the log of The Mayflower:
“For we could not now take time for further search (to land our ship), our victuals being much spent, especially our beer .”
2012 Annual Report
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.
I Enjoyed reading your latest blog. Great quotes!
Thanks Terra, as one of the followers of Thebeerchaser blog, you will see a lot more in the future.
At about 1:26, Monty Python weighs in on the subject, too, without, perhaps, the same objectivity on the matter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_WRFJwGsbY
Hemlock may taste a little malty, Eric. I wish I could go back to college and take your class, Professor…..!
I think Churchill had this exchange at a dinner party:
“You sir, are drunk.”
“You, madame, are ugly, and tomorrow I shall be sober.”
You are correct, Counselor, and I strongly considered using this. He also made some great sarcastic comments using chickens to illustrate his point, but I decided against using these to avoid any controversy.