Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Beeramid

Jason and I attended a small outdoor music festival recently anchored by some minimally famous band as the main act with some local cover band featured as the opening act. The beer was being served in 8oz plastic cups. Early on in the night, revelers dutifully threw out each plastic cup before returning to the beer stand for another serving. I knew, however, that it would not be long before other uses were found for the empty cups.  The conditions were exactly right for the creation of a drunken wonder.

The beer pyramid, or "beeramid", is a staple of any large affair where beer is being served. Perhaps it's because drinking beer makes us harken back to a simpler time, a time where basic yet impressively sized structures were built to honor the harvest gods. Beer dates back to the very founding of civilization when ancient Neolithic cultures malted a number of cereal grains into a palatable, preservable beverage that, thanks to a number of fermented carbohydrates, happened to contain alcohol. The alcohol contained within beer breaks down our inhibitions allowing our creative drive to push forward freely. I wouldn't be surprised if civilization itself was founded when a bunch of Mesopotamian gatherers drank the liquid contents of a barrel of grain that had been left out in the weather, and decided, in their alcohol-fueled euphoria, to build a ziggurat.   

The ancient Egyptians eventually found out about beer and improved upon the recipe. They too gave into their desire to build and gave went with the more classical pyramid which is easier to construct than a ziggurat. Perhaps this was because the Egyptian version of beer was much more potent than the Mesopotamian version.

Jason and I did eventually see a beer-a-mid get constructed at the festival. We were very impressed with the ladies who initiated its construction, although its structural integrity left a lot to be desired. They weren't able to complete the last three rows before the entire structure collapsed in upon itself. Then it began to rain, which was an obvious indication that the gods of grain and revelry were not pleased with the results of their drunken effort.

1 comment:

  1. ha! i'm surprised with all the chaos around something that size stayed in tact!!!