2005 | FEATURES | EDITORIALS & LETTERS
|Notes From The Publisher
By Tom Dalldorf
Four California State University at Chico fraternity members
were charged with involuntary manslaughter in a hazing ritual
that resulted in the tragic death of a 21-year-old pledge.
Alcohol poisoning? Actually, the pledge was given a very large
amount of water to drink. The unfortunate incident resulted
in criminal charges for the perpetrators who showed such poor
judgment. In other cases where alcohol was involved in hazing
incidents, demands have been made to "ban alcohol"
in addition to punishing the culprits who misused the substance.
Curiously, there were no immediate demands to ban water on
the Chico campus.
A Stanford University study showed that sleepy or drowsy
drivers pose the same danger to others as drunk drivers. People
afflicted with mild to moderate sleep apnea number over 12
million and may exceed 25 million when the undiagnosed are
factored in. Note that sleepy or drowsy drivers who cause
accidents rarely are jailed, have their cars confiscated or
are confronted with humiliating and costly trials.
In an era of supposed enlightenment, we still are subjected
to attitudes of antialcohol apoplexy in dealing with the consequences
of poor choices. Often, it is the alcohol that is condemned
rather than the poor choices of its users. Let's not forget
the millions of our countrymen who savor the flavor of a good
beer in a life-enhancing manner without posing a threat to
their fellow man. It's the behavior that needs to be corrected,
not the substance.
Our annual Beer and Travel issue should stoke your latent
feeling of frothy wanderlust. A visit to Budejovicky Budvar
in the Czech Republic surely hits a hoppy high note as Jack
Curtin reports on his travels. Don Scheidt tells us why the
Berlin Mile is vastly superior to the one-note Oktoberfest
drink-a-thon in Munich. Your publisher just returned from
malty Montreal, and John Rowling pub-hops around British Columbia
while Abram Goldman-Armstrong visits the Okanagan Fest of
All around the country and, indeed, the world, there are great
beers to be enjoyed in wonderful surroundings with stunning
accommodations. Hopefully, this issue will inspire your travels
in pursuit of a great beer experience.
LETTERS | Our
readers in their own write...
As a parent of a young daughter, I've
often wondered how, when the time came to have those
"birds and bees" talks, how I would go about
doing it. Well, thanks to the rather shameless and tasteless
display of female nudity you provided in your recent
issue of the Celebrator Beer News, I can scratch
that off my list of concerns.
My 7-year-old picked up a Celebrator in one
of our family's favorite pubs the other day and came
toddling back to our table with the "spread"
in her hands. (She, of course, was picking it up for
Mommy and Daddy, because she knows how much we normally
enjoy your informative publication.)
We certainly had a time trying to answer all of the
questions her inquisitive little mind was spouting forth
after seeing the soft porn you chose to exhibit in your
usually humorous "swimsuit issue" spoof.
I always thought the Celebrator did a good
job of keeping the all-too-prevalent and honestly quite
tiring "frat-boy" mentality off its pages,
and was welcoming to both women and families who want
to make beer a part of their rich home lives.
Thank you for your well-written and comprehensive
response chastising us for some pictures in our Swimsuit
issue. What started as a send-up of the Sports Illustrated
nonsense seems indeed to have gone over the top. As
we looked at the submissions, we wondered about the
suitability (or lack thereof) of some of the shots.
We thought about our subscribers (who tend to be mostly
male professionals over 35) and the pubs and breweries
where it would be seen.
Our readership is notably devoid of 7-year-old
girls, but the Celebrator's availability to all ages
in public venues is certainly something we failed to
consider. My sincere apologies to you and your daughter
for this lapse in judgment. You are right — our
message should be better than something below the level
of even the Swedish bikini team. It really is about
My criterion for running the photos was “What
would my 86-year-old mother think?” (She's on
the comp list.) The photos did raise at least one eyebrow
with Mom, who then laughed it off as she is wont to
do in dealing with a changing world.
You may be assured that our brewers swimsuit photos
in the future will focus more on brewers and swimsuits.
That's a promise. — Ed.
Since you published pictures of Jeanie Rivers in
her birthday suit, please publish pictures of her in
a two-piece bathing suit so we can see the concealed
body areas. Great publication! Keep up the good work.
Please add more East Coast coverage if possible.
Mastic Beach, N.Y.
||Sorry those pesky beer mugs got in the way. You'll
just have to use your imagination. Please note the extended
East Coast coverage in this issue. — Ed.
By the time this is printed, I will be deep in Denton,
Texas. Tom, I want to thank you, the Celebrator
staff, and the whole California beer scene (north AND
south) for giving me a home and teaching me the ways
of the brew. You have sculpted a rookie enthusiast into
a beer missionary.
There are too many names to thank each individual person,
but a few cannot be overlooked: Vic & Cyn and the
Bistro staff and regulars, Shane (Lagunitas), Vinnie
and Natalie and James (Russian River), Mike Long (Kelley
Bros.), and especially Roger and Melissa (Drake’s),
the Barclays staff, Kenny Gross, and you, Tom. I could
go on, but you all know who you are. I will miss you
all dearly and drink to you with love as I continue
to educate my generation one pint at a time.
Last Days in Oakland, Calif.
||And we will miss your humor, charm and musical talent,
which lit up the Bistro in Hayward and much of the East
Bay! Y'all come back now, hear? — Ed.
I just wanted to compliment you on your publication.
Last week, a friend and I went out to Lagunitas Brewing
Company and then hopped up to Hopland, where we purloined
one of your mags. What an eye-opener. I was not aware
of all the variety in our own backyard. I'm using your
brew map to map out future travels. Perhaps you can
post this mapping on your Web site? I remember when
there were fewer then half a dozen pubs in the greater
Bay Area. Keep up the good work.
David G. Endom
||We'll try to get the Hop Spots on the website. Meanwhile,
check out realbeer.com
for pub and brewery locations. — Ed.
Just wanted to compliment you on the recent revisions
you made to the "Hop Spots" listings in the
Celebrator. The addition of the "NEW"
buttons and "(closed)" listings makes it easy
for a brewery junkie like myself to scan what's changed
on the brewing scene with just a brief glance. Now if
you would just clean out a few more of the defunct breweries
from the list (speaking as a Chicagoan, I can tell you
that the "Midwest" section needs a little
||Thanks for the props. Jay Brooks did most of the
work in getting the Hop Spots hopping. We invite you and
other readers to send in openings, closings and corrections.
Send to email@example.com.
We appreciate your help! — Ed.