Today was an interesting day on the eastern seaboard as we experienced a 6.0 earthquake. Its epicenter was in Virginia and it was felt from New England to the Carolinas. At work I did not feel anything shaking…whatsoever. I know many people who did feel it though.
At the time that the quake struck our own Silvio, who lives and works near the epicenter, was in an elevator in Washington DC! Fear not! Silvio is OK.
The quake did very little damage, but was a big deal since we never get tremors. The Twittersphere exploded with people initially freaking out. This was quickly followed by a deluge of hilarious one-liners. CNN even did an article outlining their favorite tweets.
I retweeted a number of funny tweets myself:
RT @mstrachan RT @AinsleyofAttack: An earthquake contains tremors, which share their name with the movie Tremors, which stars…KEVIN BACON!
RT @StWilliamBrewer: Thank God I wasn’t pouring a beer as the quake shook my whole house around… Would have been alcohol abuse first rate.
RT @PourCurator: Today has clearly been an important day for bad earthquake humor.
RT @fbihop: Picture of the DC #earthquake devastation http://bit.ly/qIhLX6
RT @nudumpactum: Text “you spilled your chai latte” to 90999 to donate $1 to the victims of the US east coast earthquake
RT @smclaughlin9: I can already hear Bostonians exaggerating. “Dude, my whole fahkin buildin was shakin! It was wicked fahkin scary, ked.”
My beer pairing for this natural “disaster” is Flying Fish Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout. Somewhat fitting given that Flying Fish is out of New Jersey where they felt the earthquake MUCH more than here in New England.
The only other oyster stout I have tried is Harpoon’s variant. With that beer I couldn’t pick up any traces of oyster, ocean, or anything of the like.
Initially I felt the same way about this Bayshore stuff. It has a chocolatey/roasted coffee aroma which follows right through to the taste. In the aftertaste I’m picking up an every-so-slight saltiness. It reminds of the taste you get in your mouth when you initially arrive at the beach.
I still think that the whole oyster thing is a gimmick, but whatevs. It’s a decent brew.