With all the change going on in the world and right here at tastedbeer.com we thought it would be a good time to sit back and relax, sit back and listen, sit back and reflect. And who better to reflect back with than #52, Ray Lewis. As emotionally unstable as I was on Sunday night, carrying over into Monday, I found that even though my Football team was knocked out, Ray Ray was still there. He was still there to fight the good fight, to talk the talk and to give more betterer sound bites than Charlie Sheen on crack, even though those were pretty good.
I reached out to Ray on Monday after the AFC Championship to get his thoughts, opinions and to have him drop some knowledge on my ass about his seventh favorite subject, beer. So as I said above, Sit back and soak it all in.
Fatcat: Hey Mr. Lewis thanks for taking the time to talk with us, we know you’re a busy man these days so we’ll make this short so you can move onto your next gig.
Ray Lewis: No need for the formalities, call me Ray Lewis.
Fatcat: OK then. Ray Lewis with your hectic football schedule do you get any time to sit back and enjoy a nice cold brew?
Ray Lewis: I just came out of the gym from three hours this morning. I got five hours of sleep. That’s it. Every day of my life, I’m trying to find a different way to get better.
Fatcat: Well if my math is correct that’s 8 hours of your day, what do you do with the other waking 16 hours?
Ray Lewis: I drink the 21st Amendment Brewery beerall the time. There’s one thing about the 21st. I’m drinking, I’m drinking, and I’m drinking. And no matter how tired I start to get, it’s never about this “Brew Free! Or Die IPA” I’m drinking, it’s about the next “Brew Free!”, and if you can get to that next one, your body will keep moving.
Fatcat: Ahhh nice. No drinking and driving for you, exercise and drink at the same time. Wow two birds one stone I get it, you are wise Ray Lewis.
Ray Lewis: Let them see something they’ve never seen before, and when something goes wrong, smile, cause there’s always another 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die!.
Fatcat: You’re always talking about standing up for your faith, teammates, and the little guys. Does that carry over to your choice of beer? Do you reach for mega multi-national global conglomerate swill or do you go for the “little guy” or in this case a microbrew?
Ray Lewis: What’s the difference between you and the man sitting beside you? It’s the beer. In my business, only one beer makes it. If everyone had the same beer, only 1 will make it from this crowd. Which will be that one? I choose 21st Amendment Brewery’s Brew Free or Die.
Fatcat: What sets 21st Amendment Brewery’s Brew Free or Die! apart from other microbrews?
Ray Lewis: They’ve gone out and showed that it’s a different brew than any other cause they’re pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.
Fatcat: I agree the 21st IPA is great. With its golden coloring, sweet aromatic nose and caramel notes it make my senses drool. Do you think microbrew beers such as 21st IPA have a chance at surviving with all of the imposters out there?
Ray Lewis: Do this research if we don’t have microbrews– watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up if you take away our 21st Amendment Brewery Brew Free or Die!.
Fatcat: Do you really think something like that would happen? I like 21st as much as the next guy but c’mon…
Ray Lewis: There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us. Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I drink in the streets, and I’m not drinking with the people you see all the time.
Fatcat: Don’t you think your being a little melodramatic Ray?
Ray Lewis: There’s no other reason the issue is going on. That’s why I don’t get into wording and all that other stuff, because it takes away from life … itself. There’s people who are really struggling for beer. There’s real struggles out there. Thanksfully the 21st IPA is delicious.
Fatcat: And thankfully we have you Ray Lewis. Any last words of wisdom?
Ray Lewis: The greatest opportunity in the world is found here today… We already know what this can of 21st Brew Free or Die! has got for us. It’s already gone. Tomorrow is too far away. What about this can of 21st now!
Fatcat: Speechless, I am without speech.
Ray Lewis: Everything I did to get back, if it wasn’t for beer in general, it was for my 21st Amendment IPA. That’s the one thing that I bought into from day one. I’m not just here in this place to drink 21st IPA. I’m here to actually create real beer envy in this city. If my effort can give you a tastier, hoppier, and more fruitful beer, then so be it. I’ll drink everything I have, and today was about me drinking everything that I had, showing people that no matter the circumstances you may be going through, just drink good beer and if you can push through it, you will encourage somebody else to drink great beer. Today, hopefully, through what I did, somebody was uplifted enough to break free of not only crappy lite beer but also break free of those other preachy beer blogs.
Ray Lewis: Have you tastedbeer.com, because if you haven’t then you’re promoting evil or what I call crime. Don’t be that person. 21st IPA does my body good.
Tasted By Fatcat And Rifle To learn about Brew Fee or Die IPA Please visit 21st Amendment Brewery