Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beer, Music and Dave Tucker

I know it has been a while since the last post here on the blog, but we're still inevitably working towards our ultimate goal of opening the Saint William Brewery! We've had some very interesting conversations and meetings, and have a few more lined up. We'll let you all know when we find a place to start brewing! But as that is still in the works, time for something else.

We've talked about it often here, beer is culture, beer is life. One big aspect is sharing it with friends, another is music. Beer lends itself exquisitely well to be enjoyed while listening to music, and it quite often also leads -almost automatically, as if by some magic- to outbursts of song. One of those great little songs I remember from my days in Student Clubs while studying archaeology in Ghent, was this German gem called 'Bier her!'. It was sung by the club members when their glasses were empty, and was directed to the new candidate club members, a sign that they needed to come fill the glasses of the full members again.
It goes like this:

Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um, juchhe!
Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um!
Soll das Bier im Keller liegen
Und ich hier die Ohnmacht kriegen?
Bier her, Bier her, oder ich fall um!

Translated that would be:
Beer here, beer here, or I will fall down, wohoo!
Beer here, beer here, or I will fall down!Should the beer remain in the cellar,
And I'm here about to faint?
Beer here, beer here, or I will fall down!
A very good friend of mine, Dave Tucker, had a dream a while ago. Not to start making delicious beers, but to make great songs and music. He pushed through, perfecting his guitar playing skills and his song writing abilities, and met the right people to collaborate with. He is now set to record his first full album, which is quite an achievement! We have the chance to support him in that, by pledging a small amount in exchange for some excellent goodies, from signed CDs to Ipod nanos with all his songs on, and even executive producer credit or a living room show! You can go to this link here and read more about this young musician, listen to some demos, and hopefully find a pledge amount that works!

On my car I have this great bumper sticker from the Brewers Association, that reads "Support Your Local Brewery". I know you are all doing that already (what a selfless sacrifice that is, right?), but let's get together and also support our local musicians! Great beer and great music are another wonderful pairing, and now your chance to make such pairing reality.