When sitting at a bar, I tend to mind my own business. But that doesn't mean I don't hear a lot of wacky stuff. In that spirit, here's a collection of off-the-wall beer-related quips and random quotes, heard throughout Arizona.
"They are victims of their own success."
-Overheard September 16, 2020 at Front Pourch Brewing, Phoenix, from a gentleman discussing Mother Road Brewing. His theory was that the success of Mother Road's Tower Station was hurting the brewery. Instead of being free to create diverse beers and expand their brand, Mother Road is essentially a slave to Tower Station. "They may have five fermentors going at any one time," he continued, "but at least four of them need to have Tower Station in order to keep up."
"F***, f***, f***, f***, f***idy f***. No f***in' way. F***. Get the f*** out. F***, f***, f***, f***, f***, f***, f***. Jesus, f***."
-Overheard January 22, 2020 at Huss Taproom, Uptown, from two guys at the bar. To make matters worse, these two gents were about to get up and leave when the guy in a business suit sitting next to them, clearly 30 years their elder, bought them a pitcher.
"This Coors Light tastes funny."
-Overheard on August 8, 2019 at CAPS Sports Grill from a guy who had ordered a pitcher of Coors Light but got served Bud Light instead. I don't know if it is more sad that he could tell the difference between Coors Light and Bud Light or that he thought Coors Light could ever not taste funny.
"They fermented a batch in a coolship at the top of Mingus Mountain."
-Overheard on July 6, 2019 at THAT Brewery (Cottonwood) from a beer server explaining the extent to which Arizona Wilderness Brewing goes in order to create 'Arizona beer.'
"Do you have any regular beer here?"
-Overheard on April 30, 2019 at Edelweiss Beer Garden, Phoenix, from a customer who unexpectedly realized they were in a German restaurant.