So, Ya Wanna Be A Nation Do Ya?  

keithcancook 60M
10828 posts
6/28/2005 4:26 pm
So, Ya Wanna Be A Nation Do Ya?

Posting has become a pain in the ass. I will try it as a comment again. Jeeze, banned again.

keithcancook 60M
17839 posts
6/28/2005 4:30 pm

What makes a nation? Its people, yes? They are primary ingredient. Well, what makes a nation stand out? Hmmm, being a member of the United Nations seems to be part of the criteria. I guess that makes you legal. It is also good to have a lot of territory, but part of the problem is that some nations never seem to have enough territory and go out looking for more.

(I guess in some ways that can be good, since it makes it easier on geography students. They will have fewer nations to memorize the location of. Also, the United Nations building can only fit so many. With larger nations consuming smaller nations there is more room for everyone to stretch out as there are fewer seats cluttering up the place).

When they are not under attack, some small nations will try to build good soccer teams. If they can win a medal in an international competion, then they are well on their way to worldwide acclaim. Or in any sport for that matter. Hell, your whole damn nation can be flat as a pancake and located in the tropics, but you can still send a bobsled team to the Winter Olympics. That gets you recognition, but often it is mostly snickers and bad jokes about you. Nations should be careful when taking this route to get some attention.

It also helps if you have some nuclear weapons. That gives you instant recognition. If you are a nation with nuclear weapons folks will take you seriously in most cases.

But what if you cannot afford to build nuclear weapons? Heck, you may even be peaceful and not want any. Or worse, what if you aren't even able to afford a bobsled team? But if you want to be a nation, but need to be one on the cheap, then do like much of the rest of the world and brew a national beer!

Yes, a national beer is the way to go.* If you can get it into the marketplaces of larger nations a small nation can be recognized for it's beer. Jamaica is an example. Red Stripe is available in my city. Never having visited, I have come to identify the nation through its now famous beer. (Admittedly, the Reggae music is a big draw too).

Not to be outdone, Jamaica's Carribean neighbor The Dominican Republic, has been brewing Presidente Pilsener as a national beer in an attempt to get some love. And it is working. Although I have never drank a draught of Presidente Pilsener in my whole entire life...I want to. When Trinidad saw what was happening guess what they did? Yep, Royal Extra Stout. Sure they got it from the British, but ya gotta go with what ya know sometimes. Besides, I still want some.

Other small nations trying to get in on the game of global recognition have been hard at work to develop and market a brew that they can call their own. They can even mention it in tourist brochures too. Iceland has Viking Beer. I have never tased Viking Beer , but I want to. And when I think of Iceland, I think of Vikings. Now I will also be thinking that I want to try real viking beer. It must be real. It is from the land of the vikings and it has viking printed right there on the lable. If I can drink REAL Viking Beer, then that is almost like being a viking. I like vikings. I want to drink their beer and be a viking too.

New Zealand has Stenlager. Um, it sounds Germanic to me, but WTF do I know? Other than that I WANT some Stenlager in my stein right now.

Thailand has Singha Lager. I am not sure what that means, but its lager, and I want some.

Well whaddaya know? Here's a surprise. Alarmed by this bold Thai stroke, nearby Sri Lanka jumped up and furiously began marketing its own version of a national brew, the yet to be famous Lion Stout. Sure, they too got it from the British. (every colony got ale. they couldn't attract colonists without it). The Sri Lankans were in such a hurry that they failed to attatch a more culturally defining or exotic sounding name to their product. Hey I'm happy with it. Hell, I even want to try some of it. Besides, I am sure that in the local tongue Lion Stout probably sounds pretty cool.

Some nations are confused when deciding the name of their national beer. Venezuala's national beer is Polar Pilsner. Um, excuse me Venezuala, but wouldn't Equatorial Pilsner be more appropriate? I understand it is probably hot there all the time, and you guys might believe that calling it Polar Pilsner will get people there to feel cool if they drink a beer with a temperature metaphor attatched to it. However, that is not the case. For crying out loud I will just get my beer from Antarctica if I want polar beer. As soon as someone colonizes the place that is. Once folks start living in a place they begin brewing beer. They may have to import the raw materials, but they will brew. And sooner or later they will market a national beer to attract some tourists. Followed by a bid for a seat at the United Nations. Whatever happens, as soon as Antarctican Ale becomes available it is certain that I will WANT SOME.

* Unless you are a moslem nation. Then you may have religious issues that preclude the brewing of a national brew. Of course you could secularize like Turkey has done. Then you can have a national beer like Efes Pilsener Premium Beer even though you are not allowed to drink it. So, they want to be in Europe. At least they are not stupid. They know that European Beer is the BEST IN THE WORLD, and if they want folks to think they are Real Europeans they damn sure better have a beer to back it up. All I really know about Turkish Beer is that I want some of that stuff too.


6/28/2005 8:20 pm

Leave it to you to think of a whole post on beer. I have been to the Dominican and drank their Presidente Pilsener it has a bit of a nip to it ,especially drinking it when you are on a all inclusive holiday and down there they believe their beer and liqiuor should flow down your throat like water. They just keep handing it to you.
After a night at their disco`s your head the next day feels like you have been bonged to death.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/28/2005 8:42 pm

You sure do know a lot about beer.

All I know about beer is

I like homemade root beer and I like ginger beer.

I like strawberry ice cream too, just in case you were wondering.

You're not drunk right now, are you?

cajunpet 70M
1185 posts
6/28/2005 11:34 pm

Have you had any Dixie Beer that was made in New Orleans? The brewery is now a big riverside mall.

Take care.
Keep On Blogging!!!! Have a great day.

Cajun Pet

_CoffeeNoCream_ 52F

6/29/2005 1:25 am

Can I have some wine ?

rm_FreeLove999 46F
16127 posts
6/29/2005 3:23 am

Ermmm... it thought Lion Milk Stout is a South African brand of SAB Miller ... which i think is the 2nd/3rd biggest brewery in the world and even owns the Czech beer, Pilsner Urquell ... behind all the nation states & this nationalism, you will always find a multinational corporation these days ...

[blog freelove999]

Priapeo 46M

6/29/2005 3:36 am

I ran through your whole blog to find a post that my intellectual level could afford... I have a dozen neurons left so I have to carefully choose trivial subjects. Then, at last, I found your post about beer... a topic dear to every man in this world (dearer and even dearest to some) and to which each man can contribute, so i told myself: "Hell, this is a good occasion to prove that I'm a MAN!". Yet, you managed to administer a treatise this time too. I reckoned that the cost to fully read and understand your post would be 10 neurons, so I reluctantly had to leave: what could I possibly have done with the 2 neurons left if not a soccer TV opinionist? I will try to find some consolation in a cold bottle of Ichnusa beer.

Never argue with an idiot. He brings you down to his level then beats you with experience

GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
6/29/2005 6:08 am

keiff, this shouldnt be a surprise, humanity learnt how to brew beer and make wine before knowing how to make soaps

now, this has nothing to do with muslim religion, but u live in a country who has tried to ban alcohol but never the guns....

AmberSolaire 42M

6/29/2005 7:27 am

Beer gives pleasure to all five senses.

First look at your beer.Admire the rocky head, the persistant bead of bubbles, the colour (gold, bronze,amber,ebony- none of those precious substances quite capture its subtlety).Yes this is going to be a good beer.Like the one before was.

Next consider the smell.Raise the glass and encounter the aroma of hops (orange peels, grapefruit, pine, juniper?) and malt (fresh bread cookies, toffee, roasting coffee).Its going to knock years off the ladies.

Now listen........clink your glass with your partners, to frighten away the devil.Take care not to spill a precious drop and start a rumpus.

Now take a drink and taste.How do you feel?Refreshed, quenched,soothed?Have your spirits lightened?Are your taste buds tingling?Is you appetite aroused?

Yes, beer pleases all the senses.Bur ultimately, it is the feeling you experiance whilst drinking beer that blends these sensations together.
On the other hand you can always down it in one and get totally rat-arsed!

Im off to dip my head in a frothy cold one.


keithcancook 60M
17839 posts
6/29/2005 8:13 am

Blondie, I can manufacture an elixir that will flow down your throat, but it isn't water! {oh my, did I just say that?} Also, here is a tip for you. Moderation is the key to avoiding next day headaches.

jayR, I love beer. Yet I rarely (maybe once a year) become drunk. My usual beer drinking habit consists of 3 beers over 3 or four hours. Not enough to become drunk, but enough to feel a difference. I am not too fond of ginger beer, but root beer is my favorite soda. I like strawberry ice cream, but I like chocolate the best.

cajunpet, I have not yet had the pleasure of a Dixie Beer, but I can say that I want some.

CnC, yes. By all means please help yourself. I prefer red to white, but I keep both around for um, cooking purposes.

FreeLove, you are quite correct. I just was doing a little googling and landed on a "beers of the world" page by accident. My tongue-in-cheek essay is the result.

Priapeo, LMAO! I am off to your blog to see the result of your remaining neurons.

candysoveryverysweet, brew me a river. You take care of yourself in the meantime.

Kate, it was my understanding that help has already arrived!

dz, thankyou for another history lesson professor! I also live in a country that has broad freedoms, stable government, untold opportunity, and the most awesome females on the planet. (because they come here from all over the planet)

rm_talldarkavg1 105M
10172 posts
6/29/2005 12:05 pm

Only the one True President of No Ma'am could have such knowledge.

Actually, I thought the Saudi's had a beer. They named it after their national aroma...Pull My Finger Beer

[blog talldarkavg1]

rm_bonfireguy 49M

6/29/2005 1:24 pm

He was a wise man who invented beer.
-- Plato

Keith - and here I thought my beer prayer had inspired vain of me!!!

Puurple_Passions 46M/39F
140 posts
6/29/2005 1:31 pm

Beer is proof that God Loves us and wants us to be happy!! *L*

Same goes for shoes (IMH and thigh high stilleto boots! (I'm such a shoe slut!)

rm_bonfireguy 49M

6/29/2005 1:31 pm

The origins of beer can be traced back before 6000BCE. The earliest recipe known was found preserved on cuneiform tablets found in Sumeria (modern day Iraq).

Ha - the secret is out...
ah-huh!!!!! its not their oil we are after...its their BEER!!!

PailsDiverHonks 55F

6/29/2005 1:34 pm

lol, I'm going to ditto what coffeenocream said...Pass the wine please!

1586 posts
6/29/2005 2:37 pm

((takes delicate sip of beer and makes face))

Nah. Still don't like it. Wanna finish it for me? LOL

Apolybear 54M

6/29/2005 2:39 pm

Alcohol is essential to the preservation of our race. I can’t think of a better inhibitor of inhibitions than alcohol. All the woman all look better when you’ve been drinking and the ladies are better able to overlook all the men’s piggish behavior.

The perfect aphrodisiac…

Barbiebunny69 43F

6/29/2005 3:14 pm

Out family makes out own german beer..(homeade) want some?

purejoy4fem 46F/44F
682 posts
6/29/2005 6:21 pm

Out of the trivia closet comes this little known fact. Budweiser, America's favorite home brewed beer, is actually licensed by Anhauser-Busch from a company in Checkoslovakia. *as the number of google searches hits new highs*

smileguyqc 53M

6/29/2005 7:13 pm

Oh god... I thought this was a blog about Quebec. Don't know if there is a, excuse me while I gag, "National" beer here in la belle province, several small breweries (probably run by the Irish) but nothing that jumps out and says I AM the beer of Quebec. So that’s why they keep losing the referendums. Good God don't let this blog get into the hands or the Party Quebecoise.

Tala4u2 54M  
2961 posts
6/29/2005 9:30 pm

I hate not having my own PC available at will for me. I miss good chats in the rooms and now one on Beer.

Tala, Wizard of The Kingdom of BooBoBia, DEITY,

GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
6/29/2005 9:58 pm

keiff, the most beautiful women? so this begins to seem like a beauty it the PECCARETTES application form ready?

rm_pchamp012004 55M
2672 posts
6/30/2005 10:35 am

Polly, I can't believe there is a nation that bans beer ... how do us ugly people ever get laid?

GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
6/30/2005 12:09 pm

pc, they just ban production and importation, they dont ban consumption...or smuggling

missy973 47F

6/30/2005 2:38 pm

I'm with Huny, never got into the whole beer scene. Why not go straight to the hard stuff? Yeah! Or wine. Mmm, wine.

keithcancook 60M
17839 posts
6/30/2005 6:41 pm

AmberSolaire, you sir represent the finest in an Englishman. I have never before heard this little ritual that we afficiandos do put so elequently. I tip me mug to you mate!

tall1, the President himself told me this.

bonfire, Those folks were the first to use an alphabet too. The Sumerians wanted to be sure that their brewing tecniques were not lost to time. As if...

Puurple, ancient oriental proverb says "she who becomes beer happy in heels, needs wide path to walk."

greenie, cNc, and missy. Wine is always on hand when the brothers are near. The PECCARY'S offer fruit with the wine, so be sure to join us at the feast!

DCE, what's your poison?

bear, it is an adequate aphrodisiac. Just remember to visit the bathroom beforehand.

Barbiebunzy, German beer is my favorite. They seem to be good at everything they do, and beer is no exception. However, when you say "want some?" it is not beer that I am thinking of... \8

I love Czech beer purejoy. However, Bud is such an awful product that I am not surprised they are trying to keep it a little known fact. Yeech!

OMG! ROFLMAO! Way too funny smileguy!

Well, at least you have been poking your head in and out around BlogLand tala. We figure you can go off at any time with these walkabouts of yours, so it's nice to know you are still um, going in and out a lot. happym;

dz, as a PECCARY you are entitled to perform the application process with any potential PECCARETTE-in-waiting. Apply liberally my brother.

I have a special bottle of mezcal that I am saving just for you mzhuny. (my little wildflower)

Well, finish with that shirt (i hope its coming off rather than going on) asianlady and settle in for a spell! Your wonderful assets, er you are a wonderful asset to us. I am pleased that you are here, my lovely PECCARETTE!

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missy, as a PECCARETTE you are entitled to anything the PECCARY'S can provide. Hard stuff we have...

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6/30/2005 8:36 pm

KEITH "I CAN`T BEKIEVE YOU SAID THAT" but on the other hand you my friend don`t know about my special blend that is soooooooo smooth
it will glide down your thtoat,and ya don`t need no beer to wash it down
(hahahaha the bong made me do it )


6/30/2005 8:44 pm

Hmmmmmmmmm as a PECCARETTE you are entited to all PECCARY well I think Blonde is going to have to think about this,,, that would mean
NEW MAN MEAT nice fresh juicy meat ,, yup have to rethink this here
battle. think Blonde damn it ,, new MAN MEAT or stay by the SISTERS
ohhhhhhhhhhh my head is begining to ache for the loyality of my sister`s and something else aches for new MAN MEAT. hmmmmmmmmmmmm I could kinda sit on the fence a bit ,, maybe let my alter ego stay with the sisters, and I BLONDENEEDFRESHMEAT could join the PRECARRY

yagottalikit 49F
583 posts
7/1/2005 2:07 am

Is someone giving away beer???? I want some beer!!!!

Yagotta get it soft and wet so we can kick/stick it

rm_affbreak 46M
287 posts
7/1/2005 5:01 am

There's an excellent beer rating site out there on the internet, called ratebeer. Some breweries from Belgium are really famous.

a) "Wow, didn't know that, let's have a look where Belgium is and visit them one day, getting some of that top rated beer from Westvleteren Monastery being sold only there!"

b) "Belgium? A new chewing gum? A former Nazi outpost? They got beer? Let's nuke it!"

expatbrit49 62M

7/1/2005 6:04 am

American and Beer …. Isn’t that an Oxymoron

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

Mccartney2003 38M
281 posts
7/3/2005 1:04 am

Beer is proof that God loves Us...

Ben Franklin

wyvernrose 38F
3895 posts
7/3/2005 5:13 am

lol expat!

Mzhuny I actually tend to agree, Wyverns and beer makes for a messy mix


keithcancook 60M
17839 posts
7/4/2005 4:55 pm

I would love to tip a mug or two with you polly. I hope one day I have the chance to do so!

There are always ways for PECCARY'S to get laid pc. Soon we shall cross the river and enter the Land of Milk and Honey. We shall pillage the HQ, and enslave all who are found there.


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So ya wanna be a PECCARETTE eh blondie? We have been waiting for you to see the light. As you can see, you will be in great company when you become a PECCARETTE.


Join the PECCARY'S and the PECCARETTES yagottalikit and you shall have all the free beer you desire. Cool handle by the way. We simply must have you with us.

Monks have long been excellent brewers affbreak. Also, blasting breweries is a no no.

Is it expat ol pal? There are many Americans who are not fond of beer. I think that the United Kingdom contains a higher percentage of beer drinkers than the United States.

Agreed Mccartney. Agreed.

Aww, c'mon wyvern. Give beer another chance!

yagottalikit 49F
583 posts
7/7/2005 3:54 am

Is there a membership fee? Can we work out a trade? I wanna be a Peccarette!!! Purty please....

Yagotta get it soft and wet so we can kick/stick it

keithcancook 60M
17839 posts
7/7/2005 9:06 am

As you wish...


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rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
7/11/2005 12:33 pm

uhm... not to be a pain in the arse... but WTF happened to


PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
7/20/2005 2:32 pm

I'll agree with the Heineken comment and add Amsterdamer to the list but... you forgot God's blessin' to the thirsty (better known to the vulgar as Guinness), my dear.

Now, how do I join the PECCARETTES?

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

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