“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Perhaps not a more simple, yet profound, thought has ever come out of a human’s mind.
Well, that and “Employees must wash hands after…”
It turns out the quote isn’t Biblical. Its earliest roots can be traced to the Spanish Hebrew philosopher Maimonides in the 12th century. Also, daughter of English author William Thackeray, Anne Isabella Richie, wrote in her own novel, Mrs. Dymond, “… if you give a man a fish, he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him how to catch a fish, you do him a good turn.”
Either way, I’m doomed to be hungry. I’m not very adept at angling.
I had access to my Grandpa’s deep-sea rigs for years, never cast a line. The few times I’d gone fishing with Granddad, on the other hand, either I lost yet another lure or some disaster would befall his only grandson. Like the time I very quickly found out about false lake bottoms, aka marl. Never jump out the side of a boat unless you’ve tested the lake bed first, kiddies.
Most times at our family house up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, my “going fishing” consisted of one line with bait being ignored by bass far more intelligent than I, and one line keeping beer cold at the bottom of Chicagon Lake.
On a surprise trip up to South Carolina for Christmas, my little sister took me around Savannah, Georgia; right across the border from Bluffton, SC. It was here I first discovered Coastal Empire Brewing Co. Pretty impressed with their flagship Savannah Brown Ale, I was hoping they might possibly be available back home. Turns out, they are.
So why did I start this piece talking about fishing? Their beer I’ve been enjoying the most so far is their Inshore Slam IPA. I was intrigued by the name. What is that, some nautical term for a really strong wave hitting the beach? Naah. It’s a fishing tournament where one has to catch one each of a number of designated species within a certain amount of time.
That and I like the origins of famous quotes. So sue me. It made an interesting lead-in.
This is a beauty of an IPA! Shimmery orange-gold with a thin, tight cap that leaves rings of lacing, Inshore Slam has bold scents of fresh grapefruit, spruce, honey-biscuit malt and orange marmalade. Everything I just said about scent goes double for the flavors just add a little papaya, caramel and unsweetened tea. Very nicely balanced between sweet and bitter, this crisp, dry beer has a nice, long finish.
I’d lose an inshore slam tournament for lack of ability, so I’ll stick to the sure thing and have a Coastal Empire IPA instead. I may be going hungry, but never thirsty.