Olympics shmolympics, because yesterday was Tacoma, Washington’s 2nd Annual Iron Artists Competition! Held at the Tacoma Art Museum during a city-wide “Showcase Tacoma” arts festival, the competition challenges teams of artists to create what they can in 60 minutes using only museum-supplied materials.
Below is a video of last year’s year’s inaugural event:
According to all the papers last Thursday, Belgian-Brazilian beer company InBev just “launched an unsolicited bid to acquire Anheuser-Busch Cos. for $46.4 billion.” The two companies would combine to create the largest beer company in the world with more than 300 brands and $36 billion in annual sales. Big news right?! The day before this announcement, I was lucky enough to find myself in St. Louis on an hour and a half tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery, and over the next few days I watched the local news fallout. (Picture shots of stacks of Bud and Bud Light 30-packs next to 6-packs of bottled beer with foreign sounding names – “Stella Ar-what?? Never heard of it!”)
At first, it seemed to me that the general St. Louis populace was unimpressed by the potential deal. A bartender I tried to talk to was far more interested in discussing the text message exchange that led to his recent breakup than in going over the details of what a merger would mean for the city. (Apparently the girlfriend refused to answer her phone and would only reply via text. Also she is 20 years old to his 26. She’s really young, so she likes to go out and party with her friends a lot, which is totally cool, you know? But then when he wants to go out and party with his boys without her, it’s, like, this whole big issue. SIGH. Women.)
Unfortunately, since I took the brewery tour the day before the announcement, I couldn’t get any inside viewpoints either. Our guides didn’t leak any news or accidentally allude to the coming fracas as they led us on our overly long, ad-laden walkabout of the largest beer brewery in the U.S.
Barley Cleaning House!
Mash Tanks! (kinda Willy Wonka-ish?)
Two things made the heat and conversations about barley worthwhile. Wait. Four things: