Cafe Society

Reader: My first beer was a Bud -- nicely played, Mom!

The Great American Beer Festival kicks off tomorrow, and fans of craft-beer are already pouring into the city. Tickets to the GABF sold out in under an hour, but Cafe Society managed to snag a few that we've been giving away in contests. The most recent asked people to spill the story of their first time drinking beer.

The winner will be announced today. But in the meantime, we're sharing one story by a person disqualified from the contest, but definitely qualified to drink beer. See also: - Tell us your first beer memory to win GABF tickets - Fifteen non-Colorado breweries to try at the GABF

Says Cory Casciato:

As a Westword contributor, I know I can't win, but I wanted to share my tale anyway. My first time drinking beer was at 13 when my mom decided it was cool if I had a beer when I wanted one, as long as I was hanging out with her. She gave me a Budweiser, and I eagerly popped it open, had a swallow, and discovered that beer actually pretty much sucked ass. Not wanting to look like a poser in front of mom, I forced myself to drink the entire 12 ounces of skunky, shitty, foul all-American pisswater pilsener even though I would have rather have drank my own urine. Then I refused to drink beer again for more than four years, which may have been what she was hoping to achieve all along. If so, nicely played, mom. Nicely played indeed
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It's not too late to win tickets, or join in the GABF action in other ways. Keep an eye on Cafe Society for beery updates.


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