Friday, November 4, 2011

We Are the 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Occupy a barstool
I heard this on American Public Riadio's Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal. He was doing a piece about how the craze that's sweepin' the nation—the Occupy movement—has helped out a local business in Oakland California. Bartender and bar manager Zhiva Kirschanski, of downtown Oakland's Radio Bar, said this, in a phone interview on the radio show, about what happened at his bar during the protest.
It was pretty much packed out the door from the minute we opened til 2 a.m. And I did so much business that I literally ran out of every single beer in the place! That’s pretty epic, to say the least.
So, remember this if A) you are thinking about opening a bar in Oakland or B) are outraged at our financial system and also want a beer. It's funny, though, didn't the riots on October 30th also start around 2 in the morning. That has to be completely coincidental, right?


  1. Occupying does sound like thirsty work. And hats off for spelling Kai Ryssadal.

  2. Local craft beer versus global-corporation industrial beer fits nicely with the Occupy Movement. However, a quick look on the interweb suggests Oakland's Radio Bar is NOT a craft beer emporium.

    A recent Beeronomic post
    - Miller Coors third-quarter profit tumbled 23 percent
    - Boston Beer Co.'s third-quarter net revenue surged 8 percent. [realize profit and revenue are probably not the same].
    This could be related to the growing negative opinion of global corporations.

  3. Don't get me wrong—Ryssdal definitely referred to the Radio Bar as a dive.