There are some things that should not only be free but also completely unencumbered: Tortilla chips at Mexican restaurants, lap dances from stripper girlfriends and free flowing beer on a brewery tour to name a few. They represent more than just the price of goods and services and are really a sign of hospitality in this cold, digital era.
So, word that Boulevard Brewing Company is now starting to scale back the beer it offers to visitors with a token/chip system is rather depressing.
I think that even a causal observer might conclude that the token/chip program at KC’s favorite beer producer’s place just might signal the end of freebies as we know them during the upcoming global capitalism free fall . . .
Here are just a few details:
I noticed the bad blvd. news from a tweet authored by one of Kansas City’s up and coming foodies.
He recently explained that the “chips in question are kind of like poker chips. You turn in a chip to get a sample of beer rather than getting all the samples you want.”
Call it keeping track of drinkers, I call it downright stingy. I had previously heard that the Boulevard Brewing company tours are rather awesome but the addition of a point system to keep a good time in check is a bit of a bummer. I had always imagined a tour of this brewery as sort of an extravaganza that would be such an adventure in quality beer drinking that not even women were required.
Now it looks like I waited just a tad too long to indulge this fantasy in much the same way I never had time to find willing female participants for a three-way during college. Both life-changing events would have required huge quantities of liquor and hosts who weren’t keeping close track of my progress, now I fear this current age of miserliness might forever thwart my hopes and dreams.