Papua New Guinea beer update: Ichiro’s devious plan
The efforts of USSM fans to locatePapua New Guinea beer has so far been for nothing: no local beer seller has any of their beers in stock, it does seem that there is no North American distributor for them.
When I made my run around to the places I signed up to check, I felt increasingly like I do about the season: here’s this cool thing we can all do, it’s kind of silly but what the heck, it involves Ichiro and it’s funny, and in a way it pokes fun at our status as stalwart Ichiro defenders here. And it turned into something futile: there’s no way any of us here can get any of those beers, and we’ll have to live with the disappointment.
But no. That’s not it at all.
He’s smart. He didn’t pick Papua New Guinea out of thin air, no. He’s spent enough time in Seattle, he knows there’s no SP Lager here. No, Ichiro wanted us to run up against this obstacle, to stare at it and think “well, I guess we give up.”
Because we have two choices now: we give up, or we find another way. Right now, we’re powerless, defeated, and there doesn’t seem to be much we can do. But there is. This isn’t trying to get to the moon in two days. These beers exist in locations and only need to be moved to somewhere we can affect a purchase. Ichiro doesn’t know how we’ll pull this off, but he knows it will happen, and he dropped this hint for an equally important reason.
Ichiro can’t come out and call for the fans to rise up and oust this inept franchise, to somehow make a change from the people who represent ownership on down. He may even have no idea how it could happen. He doesn’t know how a huge, angry, resentful fan base might pull this off.
But Ichiro has faith in us, in our ability to unite together to acquire crazy obscure beers where there are no local sources to be found, and from that, to go on and affect the larger, even more difficult changes we all know must happen here.
And in each of these victories, cracking open a bottle of potentially delicious beer or watching the franchise build a winning team around our favorite players, will be all the sweeter for having seemed impossible from where we stand now.
First things first: how do we import these beers, or get someone local with suitable licenses to import these beers for us?