Cognac and Coors
Aside from how the name of my blog, Cognac and Coors, sounds so good to the ear, humph!, the title means a lot more. It means so much more that maybe it’ll become a book, a memoir, and only then could I give it the time and effort it deserves. But for now I’ll just start to break down the yeast. In other words, the beer.
It’s the oldest type of alcohol ever made. People believe that it was created and discovered by leaving grain soaking in water outside, allowing it to ferment. This type of thing happened all over the world, and, one could argue that it changed human evolution. As early as 4300 BC, Mesopotamians started writing recipes for beer. Lots of other stuff happened after that too: stuff like libraries, the Bible, telescopes, et cetera…and I’m sure a few beer molecules at least grazed some of the brain cells belonging to a lot of those innovators and inventors over the past 6,000 years. Think about it and/or watch this Discovery Channel documentary about “How Beer Saved the World.” I don’t have time to get into details and the science here. I’m not writing a term paper.
Eventually, over the years with the development of a viticulture, humans have become more intelligent (though this depends on how you define the term). And studies have shown that people with higher intelligence drink more than those with lower intelligence, who tend to binge drink rather than moderately and more often. Now I’m not saying this. They are, the scientists. But I’m not disputing it either. Here are three links on the subject: (1), (2), and (3).
So, basically, where all this scientific proof about alcohol and intelligence started was with beer at least 6,000 years ago. And today, so the studies have found, wine has become the drink of choice for intelligent people. And what strong alcohol is also made from grapes?
Cognac…the most expensive liquor in the world, and the reason why it’s in the name of my blog. It’s a drink that most working class people won’t touch. Though I did, for a time, when I could afford it, while working an office job — before I became a janitor by night and writer by day. And this is why, like I said at the start of this post, the subject of Cognac and Coors deserves more time and effort. That is, this socioeconomic comparison between types of alcohol consumed by whom warrants further investigation. In other other words, it’ll take time to show and tell about my own journey from white collar to blue collar and all the implications associated with a sort of dual life: that of Richard Charles Beckham II and This Guy. But in the meantime, cheers!