Magazine April 3, 2017, Issue

A Better Brew

From, and to, the beers of our fathers

Philip Larkin once wrote, only half-jokingly, that “it was that verse about becoming again as a little child that caused the first sharp waning of my Christian sympathies.” And it was, I like to think, the bit from the third chapter of Genesis where the Almighty tells our first parents that from now on they will be earning their bread with the sweat of their brows that turned me off “craft” beer and so-called microbrews.

Beer, like reading, is one of those things that many of us become attached to in childhood. I come from a proud line of non–craft-beer drinkers

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