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Listen, I’m not too big on the designated “drinking holidays.” St. Patrick’s Day is pointless as far as I’m concerned, with its water trash Guinness and green clad clowns who are, for a day, flagrantly Irish and incredibly loud about it. It’s also bound to mid March, which is as hit or miss in terms of weather as you can get.
Record Store Day?
Record Store Day was first officially celebrated in 2007, and has since grown into a national day of appreciation for vinyl records. This year, the day falls on April 16. There are exclusive pressings, shows all day long, and if you’re lucky, the aforementioned free pizza. You’ll hear people go on about the “corporatization” of the day and, sure, the fetishism with repressings in uber-expensive boxes is a little upsetting, but at the end of the day it’s a celebration of homegrown music and the culture surrounding it. Of course it’s only a matter of time until Doritos gets its dusty little cheese fingers into the matter. Of course Red Bull is going to sponsor some “independent” shindig at the bar where you usually go to avoid people. But if you let that ruin the day for you, then that’s on you.
"There’s value in protesting the involvement of corporations, but how about you just don’t buy Doritos?
So clearly beer and Record Store Day go hand in hand. The only struggle is when you’re standing there in the gas station, swaying ever so lightly in the damp AC blast, trying to make the crucial decision of what delightful little treat you’re going to pluck from the beer patch to keep you going a few hours more. Sure, you could pick up a 40, but that’s a little unwieldy, don’t you think? It’s way too hot for anything too demanding, and you’ve worked far too hard on your street cred to pick up a beer from the AnheuserBuschBudMillerCoors family of swill.
Now on to the Beer
If you’re planning on getting out and doing the RSD gauntlet, Beer to Drink Music To is one of your better options. You may be a little averse to the direct marketing pitch, but hush for a second and try the beer. It’s damned good.