File Under: The More Things Change . . .

From a Wall Street Journal, front-page feature about Belgian "gypsy" brewers (at least that's how they'd be categorized here in the US):

“They don’t get their hands dirty, they don’t have pain in their backs, the only thing those guys do in a workday is sit in front of a computer,” said Yvan de Baets, a co-founder of Brussels’ Brasserie de la Senne, a brewery in the Belgian capital. “They make a lot of noise on social media.”

 Figure of a male beer-maker. old kingdom, egypt. c. 2600 bc. courtesy of metropolitan museum of art

Figure of a male beer-maker. old kingdom, egypt. c. 2600 bc. courtesy of metropolitan museum of art

And this from another Wall Street Journal feature:

"I'm not sitting here in a three-piece suit telling you I'm a serious brewer . . . . I'm dripping wet [with beer], wearing torn shirts and rubber boots up to my knees."

Date of quote number one? January 2, 2015.

Date of quote number two? July 21, 1989.

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Sources:

Frances Robinson, "In Belgium, Battle Builds Between Brewers and ‘Beer Architects’," Wall Street Journal, January 2, 2015, p. 1.

Suzanne Alexander, "Is a Beer Local If It's Produced Not So Locally?," Wall Street Journal, July 21, 1989.