Sunday, March 22, 2015

Even if you knew about the Troubles, why call it a Car Bomb?

Credit the brewery for a rapid response and a classy donation, and allow me a brief opportunity to bemoan the absence of historical and cultural knowledge in this country. It goes further than a car bomb. I wouldn't think of drinking a Half-and-Half -- my weaning ended more than 30 years ago, thank you -- and I will not even refer to it as a Black and Tan. This is not the dreaded "political correctness." It's just waking up, looking around you, seeing a wider world and learning something. For that matter, why name a cupcake a Car Bomb?

Sermon ended.

'Car Bomb Stout' promotion blows up in brewery's face, by Annabelle Tometich, (The [Fort Myers, Fl] News-Press)

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — What started as a St. Patrick's Day promotion turned into a $2,500 apology Tuesday from a Florida craft brewery.

Fat Point Brewing posted pictures of cupcakes and beer to its Facebook page at 2:05 p.m. ET Monday announcing the release of its Car Bomb Stout, "a milk stout fermented with Jameson Whiskey oak staves and Irish creme flavor," which was to be served with Car Bomb cupcakes in honor of the holiday.

But someone — obviously, not a history major — forgot about The Troubles, the nationalist and religious conflict in Northern Ireland that began in the late 1960s and ended in 1998 with the Belfast Agreement. More than 3,500 people died during the three decades of turmoil that included detonating car bombs.

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