We spent the weekend clicking through hundreds of music videos and saw Corona’s Cinco de Mayo ad thousands of times during the “Your video will start in…” countdown. So we’re succumbing to May 5 fever and suggesting some beers that don’t rely on limes to supply their flavor. Our pals at CraftBeer.com note that Mexican lagers’ “roots actually lie in Austria, and brewer Anton Dreher, who created the Vienna-style lager in 1836. The style was then brought to Mexico by Austrian brewers in the late 1800s. where it has continued to thrive.” So mayhaps you can rack up a five-pack of these readily available Vienna-style/-inspired lagers to enjoy [sans lime] on Tuesday:
Heavy Seas Cutlass Amber Lager • Samuel Adams Boston Lager • Brooklyn Lager • Blue Point Toasted Lager • Abita Amber
And here’s an illuminating perspective on the holiday, “When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Cinco de Mayo,” by José M. Alamillo @ Time magazine [“There are a number of competing (but not mutually exclusive) theories as to why this, of all Mexican holidays, was the one to stand out on this side of the border, in the face of ostensibly stronger contenders.”]
• On April 28, the day after Bell’s Brewery finished third in the B&C “What brewery would you most like to see in the Rhode Island market?” poll, they announced a $50 million expansion which will raise their capacity to 1 million barrels. On Friday [5.1], the news broke that they will soon distribute to Delaware and Maryland. “With recent and future expansions, we are able to slowly increase our distribution footprint,” Laura Bell, Bell’s VP, said. We hope Rhode Island will be the next state added to their Beer Finder!
• Our Dave parade continues, with a 1987 dip into his Record Collection and his side-splitting stint working the drive-thru window at Taco Bell [“she’s gone already, chief”] from 6.17.96 [apropos for Cinco de Mayo prep]. And it’s Dave to the max on CBS tonight, with David Letterman: A Life on Television at 9:30 pm, and some guy named Obama [and Will Ferrell] at 11:35.