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Beer & Diversity

It’s Saturday night, and you’re looking for some fun and excitement. Or maybe some nice, relaxing conversation. Picture the scene: You’re sitting at Easy Monkey’s bar, looking at the wide array of interesting beers, ciders, and wines they have to offer, wondering what to order, when you see some potential new friends walk in, each as uniquely different from each other as they are from you. But, as they say, “variety is the spice of life,” so you decide to introduce yourself.

The first person, a guy in his mid-30s, strikes you as someone who may have been the high school quarterback, the most popular guy in school. He seems to be a nice kind of a dude, with hints of sweet, bitter, and a bit of a kick to his personality. He orders a lager – the Pilchuck Pilsner, actually – and you’re hit with a hint of that order being absolutely perfect for him. It’s crisp, refreshing, smooth, and, coincidentally enough, the most popular type of beer in the world.

Next, a bold, dark-headed bombshell walks up to the bar in her four-inch stilettos and bodycon mini dress to order the Sozo Contribute Cabernet. Honestly, she looks a bit familiar, so you ask her if she’s from here, and she says she was born and raised in Yakima, so it’s pretty close, but then she spent some years traveling around Europe, and even lived in France for a couple of years, so she’s been a bit of everywhere. Maybe you went to school together. The bartender then tells you both that the glass of wine she just ordered has a similar history: The grapes were grown in the Yakima and Columbia Valleys and the Wahluke slope; the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels and then blended with Merlot and Malbec before it was bottled.

Shaking off the feeling that this is all an elaborate set up to illustrate that people choose their alcohols like they choose their pets (i.e., they choose something that looks or feels like themselves, to match their own personalities), you meet another guy who reminds you a bit of that English guy who has written and starred in all those dark and dry comedies over the past decade. He’s dark, dry, witty – and maybe that’s why you aren’t the least surprised when he orders the Salish Sea Brewing Company’s Prior Porter, with its multifaceted, deep, rich brown colors and garnet highlights. When he finishes, he says, “I just come in every once in a while to save the world from beer overpopulation. It’s a real concern, a true threat.”

The fourth and final person approaches, and as she does, she confirms what you’ve known all along, that we really are what we eat (and drink): She says, “I’m like this wheat beer – light, easygoing, soft of character, a little mysterious, with sometimes a bit of a kick.” With that, you realize that all of these drinks, and all of these people, represent such a wide array of the things the world has to offer, and when it comes down to it, you don’t need to pick just one – you’re free to sample all of the diverse and interesting things in the world, people and alcohol are just two of those things. Why not come to Easy Monkey to try something new? Expand your horizons, make new friends, experience new things. We look forward to seeing you.

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