The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0835 Tuesday, 6 April 2004
Date: Monday, 05 Apr 2004 09:46:16 -0700
Subject: 15.0822 Shakesbeer
Comment: Re: SHK 15.0822 Shakesbeer
Not to be forgotten in this profound discussion should be "Shakespeare
Stout" from Rogue Ales of Newport, Oregon. I'm not sure how widely
distributed the Rogue products are, but a few of them are to be found in
most every supermarket in Oregon. "Shakespeare" is less frequently seen
than Dead Guy ale or Younger's Special Bitter.
Rogue doesn't do things by halves: nearly all its products come in 22-oz
or better bottles. Their restaurant in Newport is great fun. It's in a
strip of tourist traps along the waterfront, which is in a lagoon. You
sit at a long roughhewn table and look across to the end of a pier where
sea lions intimidate all the incoming fishing boats. Newport, about 120
miles southwest of Portland, is also home of the Oregon aquarium where
Keiko the killer whale was resuscitated.
Rogue, rather allegorically, is working to establish an independent
nation "somewhere to the left of Boredom and the right of
Irresponsibility"--well, here is their own statement:
There have been many Rogues throughout history - Rogues who have said,
"Maybe everyone is wrong?" - Rogues such as Henry Ford in regard to the
auto industry, Albert Einstein looking at time and space, Columbus
facing the horizon, Galileo whilst looking at the stars. In October,
1988, Rogue Ales faced the brewing industry and said, "What if people
want beer with taste?"
Their devotion to Shakespeare was also shown by establishing a satellite
brewery at Ashland.
All great fun: http://www.rogue.com/brews.html#shakespeare
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