Saturday, November 10, 2007

Damn young whippersnappers

Man, what is up with this MySpace and Friendster crap? I must be getting old, because every time someone brings up those things, I just dig in my heels and stubbornly refuse to join up. "You young punks! In my day, all we had were blogs, and we liked it!"

I just bring it up because I've been anxiously awaiting information about
Boulevard Brewing Company's Smokestack Series, which I'll hopefully be lucky enough to get some of when I visit the in-laws in Kansas City at Christmastime. But I couldn't find anything in the place you would most expect it, on their web page. Instead, it's hiding over here on their MySpace page. Now how in the hell am I supposed to know that? Why would I even think a company would have a MySpace page? Is the company looking for a date? (Which is what I thought the point of social networking sites were, but I may just be showing how out of touch I am.)

I suspect I'm not alone. Go here to see a hilarious video of my old college pal Siva Vaidhyanathan from when he appeared on
The Daily Show. He played the stodgy old college professor decrying the ill effects such sites have on actual interactions with real people, while the young reporter snickered at him.

In any case, I can't wait to get bottles of this stuff. I tried the IPA and the Saison at the brewery back in the summer, and they were pretty damn good, especially the IPA.


a beer sort of girl said...

Oh, Lee. Have no fear. I've got your back. Imagine a giant box, with lots of bubble wrap and styrofoam arriving at your door. I talked to a friend at BLVD about this yesterday. Email me an addy, and I'll get to work.

Bull E. Vard said...

I was surprised they didn't have anything on their website either. Guess this is why I'm on MySpace too.

pete in nb said...

Now how in the hell am I supposed to know that? Why would I even think a company would have a MySpace page? Is the company looking for a date?

Lee, actually, beer is a ideal product to use myspace as one of it's marketing systems. Just the same as musicians, music joints, just about any product that could be called "social" and appeal to the party crowd.

I love your comments bashing myspace however. I agree in many ways. But imagine you're a beer company. You want to have customers that almost feel as if they discovered you themselves. The "friends" thing seemed stupid to me at first, but imagine you have amassed about 2,000 friends. You send your MySpace friends an ad bulletin. Pow. They all get it, and it ain't called spam.

Still, there's something dumb about MySpace. That reminds me, I need to go check my profile.

Lee said...

Beergirl, that's so nice of you! But actually, it's illegal to ship alcohol to Texas. Keep in mind: I'll be there in December. Save yourself the shipping.

a beer sort of girl said...

Sigh. Well, if you going to go obeying the law & all, fine. Wait until you come back again. ;)

Speaking of which, let me know when you have your schedule down. We gotta do some sort of beer meet, as in where we consume beer.

a beer sort of girl said...

Lee - I got a personal phone call from our friends at Boulevard this morning! Page went live last night - check it out!

blvdben said...

I feel your pain, Lee. And we all appreciate your desire for our beer. Here is a version of a verse from a book named for your situation:

"The Smokestack Series is wonderfully good to those who wait for it and seek it."

Beer Lamentations 3:25

Bob Knoxious said...