Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Earthly Powers, the beer
here). My readership knows of my admiration for Earthly Powers, the novel, now there is a beer of the same name, the official beer of the Anthony Burgess Foundation. Brewed by Brentwood Brewery. I drank it at the Foundation, tired after a long train journey, then went straight to the hotel. It is a great bitter. Unfortunately I was too tired to try Chockwork Orange as well, I wanted to stay sober for the play. So why is it Easter related? Well, the novel is about the XXth century seen through the eyes of an homosexual writer, lapsed Catholic, and his friendship with a priest, who will become pope. And on the label of the beer, you can see a crucifix that also looks like a totem or some African statue. This is in itself very Burgessian, mixing the sacred and the blasphemous. I wish I could drink this one on Easter.