by Mike Retzlaff
As many Crescent City Homebrewers club members know, I have a website focused on beer and home brewing. One of the perks which my website host provides is a Statistics Page. This tool provides me with a running total of which of the posted articles are accessed, how many views, how many visitors, and in which countries the viewers reside.
Over the last two years, I’ve had over 50 hits on my website from the mainland of China. That doesn’t seem to be a large number unless and until you consider the firewall the Chinese Communist Party has imposed to block influence from the outside world. Yet, I continue to get traffic from that country.
I’ve noticed the news reports of the recent demonstrations in China over the Covid 19 zero tolerance lockdown. These demonstrations, which border on rioting, illustrate the rebellious nature of an oppressed and increasingly desperate people. This seems to be compounded by the fact that most of the beer in China is of lesser quality than that I am willing to drink on a regular basis. Wusu, Tsingtao, Yanjing, along with the other major beer brands in China taste as if they were filtered through a bale of hay and in some cases, two bales.
Perhaps it is only coincidence that the Chinese people have reached their breaking point over the many social restrictions coupled with a lack of good beer. The Republic of China, (Taiwan) has scored less than half of The Peoples Republic of China’s views on my site but remains a peaceful and productive society even though their beer is quite similar to that of the mainland.
Should I share this observation with the US State Department or one of the Intelligence agencies? My concern is that this could foster sinister and covert actions to weaponize our beloved beverage. Could this, in turn, be used against us? Can and will beer truly change the world? Would that change be for the better or worse? Would sharing this observation bring me fame or infamy? Would future generations revere my family name or revile it?
Upon reflection, please forget I said anything.