There’s more to this trend than beer
We had to take our best guess at who sang “Happy Together.”
A correct answer would give us a great shot at a Trivia Night crown, or so we thought at the time.
“The Turtles?” my wife whispered to our team.
We penciled in the ’60s band on our sheet, a Hail-Mary move to at least have an answer and stay in contention.
Turns out, my wife was right. As we waited for the trivia master to tabulate the results, visions of free bar tabs danced in our heads.
Our team — “East and West Winds,” or a name something like that because our players were from eastern and western Canada — held a slight lead after the final round of questions.
But there would be no free brew or trivia title.
Turned out the winning team got bragging rights, and that there was still another, unexpected round to go … of Pictionary!
We got creamed by creativity (or lack thereof), as some were lightning quick at figuring out the abstract doodles of others.
Seriously, if someone drew a bottle next to some kind of animal, what would you guess?
I certainly wasn’t thinking of the Coca-Cola Christmas commercial with the polar bear. That was the farthest thing from my mind on a hot August night.
Anyway, in the end, our team didn’t take the crown.
But I certainly felt like a person of fortune, as I looked around a room abuzz with smiles and conversation. The place was magical. Everyone was in a great mood.
There were no iPhones, pulsating songs wondering, “Kiki, do you love me?” or flat screens with talking heads spending an unnecessary amount of time dissecting and speculating on the meaning of a presidential tweet.
It was simply a room full of people, many of them strangers, talking, laughing and admiring Pictionary drawings.
This was all going down at a craft brewery in Port Rexton, N.L.
As it did, I realized the lure and power of these businesses, and a reason why more and more of them are dotting the Atlantic Canadian map.
Craft breweries — and there are now dozens across Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick — are not only about producing creative IPAs, porters, and fruity summer ales. They are also meeting places where people share concoction and conversation, the type of dialogue that isn’t happening enough in this digital age.
We may have been there to sample the beer and try our best at trivia night, but there was nothing trivial about the evening. Socially, it turned out to be my favourite night of this summer. Everyone, many of us strangers, seemed to enjoy the ale and atmosphere. Just like The Turtles song, we were happy together.