Yo ho ho and a bottle of ...?
Pirates are known for their love of grog -- and so are fans of East Carolina University football. Which is the perfect adult beverage to imbibe at a Pirates' home game in Greenville? A senior writer for Sports Illustrated has a suggestion. In response to the University of Texas' new sponsorship deal with Corona, Andy Staples wrote a column for Sports Illustrated's website on July 6 that matches about two dozen college football programs with what he thinks is the proper alcoholic drink. Staples, who has covered college football since 2008, claims in his bio that he has developed "an encyclopedic index of the best food in every college town along the way." His picks include Jack Daniels' Whisky for The University of Tennessee; Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka for The University of South Carolina; Yuengling Lager for Penn State; and Panther Creek Pinot Noir wine for The University of Oregon. So what's his perfect pairing for ECU? The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout, a craft beer brewed in nearby Farmville. Staples writes, "Greenville, N.C., is a wonderful place, but so are the surrounding towns. Nearby Ayden has The Skylight Inn, an all-time great barbecue joint. Meanwhile, Farmville is home to the brewery that produces this beer that drinks like dessert." What's your pick, Pirate Nation?
Just what is grog? According to Google: Grog is any of a variety of alcoholic beverages. The word originally referred to a drink made with water and rum, which British Vice Admiral Edward Vernon introduced into the naval squadron he commanded in the West Indies on 21 August 1740. Of course, "pirates, as well as regular navy sailors, drank what was available ... British sailors had regular rations of beer or wine. When this was not available, they drank rum or whatever was available. As rum was produced in large quantities in the Caribbean, it was the most common alcoholic drink there."