10 Iconic Writers on Beer

Please join us as we raise our glasses and drink our faces off for our continued series of iconic writers saying incredible things. We move to beer this week. Why? Because beer is American and, damnit, we love America more than anything. Also, it's uh, July 4th.

Steinbeck, Thompson, Sedaris, and Shakespeare are just a few of the expert wordsmiths who offer up their unfiltered thoughts on the drink this country was built upon. What would we do without it? Or TV for that matter? It would be madness.

1. “There is nothing in the world like the first taste of beer.” — John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

2. “Beer's intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.” — Ray Bradbury, The October Country

3. “I'd tried to straighten him out, but there's only so much you can do for a person who thinks Auschwitz is a brand of beer.” — David Sedaris, Naked

4. “A man who lies about beer makes enemies.” — Stephen King, Pet Sematary

5. “For a quart of ale is a dish for a king.” — William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale

6. “There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it.” — Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

7. “Stay with the beer. Beer is continuous blood. A continuous lover.” — Charles Bukowski, How To Be a Great Writer

8. "Beer, of course, is actually a depressant. But poor people will never stop hoping otherwise." — Kurt VonnegutHocus Pocus

9. “Instead of water we got here a draught of beer… a lumberer’s drink, which would acclimate and naturalize a man at once—which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.” — Henry David Thoreau, Ktaadn Pt. 3

10. “Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” — Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Jeremy Glass is the Vice editor for Supercompressor by day and also at night, except it's darker then.