-File photo

Column: Beating the summer heat with a cold one

By Hank Shelley

Ambling down that country road a few years back, many of us with silver in our hair, enjoyed good ol’ country music. Especially if you were from a farm or ranch.

It was a natural fit. Why, there was Roy Acuff, Porter Wagner, Ray Price, Ronnie Milsap. Two of my favorite country artists are Ricky Skaggs and Tom T. Hall. Skaggs will be here for Roots and Blues.

Tom’s Watermelon Wine and I Like Beer were instant hits.

“Champagne costs too much, whiskey’s too rough, and vodka puts my mouth in gear. So this little refrain, will help me explain. As a matter of fact I like beer!”

And yes, with this hot, dry weather, there has definitely been a good run on beer at the government outlets, brew pubs and cold beer and wine stores.

Over time and, of course, with amalgamation and government regulation, breweries got much larger, producing more brands.

Tradition and location plays a large part in the type of brew one enjoys, as on Vancouver Island, Lucky was for the loggers, fishermen, miners and many households.

While salmon fishing out of Tahsis a few seasons back, it wasn’t uncommon to have line-up of people waiting to pick up an eight-pack of Lucky for the evening get together!

Going back to the 1970s, beer-making brew kits were the rage, and could be picked up at any large grocery store. About the same time, U-brew shops appeared, and it made it much easier to have a good batch of beer made.

Recently, I visited a government outlet and sidled into the back to do a tally of the types and varieties of beer a person can choose from.

From the racks and stacks of beers on display, it almost boggles the mind. It’s almost difficult to choose a type or kind of beer to suit the palate from the large stack of brews available, other than the die hard beer drinkers who stick to their traditional Blue, Budweiser, Sleemans or Canadian.

On speaking to one of the cashiers, I asked what the average working man likes. She advised Old Milwaukee, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Style Pilsner and Lucky.

Many old-timers were very upset when they took the pretty girls off the cans of Old Milwaukee, and e-mailed the brewery 15 times to complain.

Business guys and gals prefer possibly better brewed-beers such as Budweiser, Sleemans, Canadian or Blue. Many folks too, also go for the light beers.

Many small craft breweries in the past tried for a niche market, hoping to expand if sales were good. Today you will find Hell’s Gate, and other smaller breweries still in the market, selling product at a lower price. Two that caught my eye, while there were Rolling Rock and Sneaky Weasel. Many other German or Dutch beers are now in the market.

Locally, to support our micro breweries we have Tree Brewing from Kelowna, Mt. Begbie in Revelstoke, Crannog Ales in Sorrento, the Barley Station in Salmon Arm and other brew houses near by.

Anyway you enjoy it, there’s nothing finer, than enjoying a nice cool can, bottle or chilled glass of beer.

Just Posted

Peeved with speeding drivers

The owner of property spanning Highway 97A near Mara is done with having to repair her fence.

One fatality in Highway 97 collision in Vernon

Two vehicles involved in crash that has halted traffic

Mr. Mikes to open in place of Urban Market

Restaurant expected to be open by the summer

It’s all in the black for Roots & Blues

While they didn’t rake in the dough, the 2017 event made a modest profit

Accused Shuswap drug smuggler pleads not guilty in U.S. court

Colin Martin continues to fight allegations relating to cross-border drug smuggling operation

What’s happening

Find out about events happening in your community this weekend

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

Most Read