I did it! I ordered the first beer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics! But how do I know it was the first beer sold at the Olympics? Read on and see if you can follow my logic.
The First Beer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics
My brother and I were in Whistler yesterday for the first official event of the Olympics: the Men’s Normal Hill Individual Qualification Round. We took the first bus of the day from Vancouver to Whistler and arrived in the parking lot just past 7 AM. We then cleared security, hiked up the hill to the venue and took a few obligatory photos.
Just before 8 AM, my brother Kevin suggested that we get a beer to celebrate and get the party started. We strolled up to the concession stand and enthusiastically said “Two beers, please!”
The concession stand personnel were flabbergasted! “Are you sure you want a beer?”, they asked?
“Absolutely!” we replied.
Dumbfounded, they said, “Wow, you’re the first people to order a beer from us! Everyone else is ordering coffee!”
Admittedly, it may seem a bit weird to order a beer at 8 AM. But this is Canada and these are the Olympic Games! How could we order anything but a beer?
After some grinning and laughter, the ladies gave us our beers: two Molson Canadian, the official beer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
We cracked them open immediately and savoured our first glorious sip of Molson Canadian amongst the stunningly beautiful setting of the Callaghan Valley. And without a doubt, that was the best sip of beer my brother and I had ever experienced in our lives.
Seconds later, it dawned on me that I must have ordered the first beer of the Olympics. After all, this was the first event of the Olympics and the concession personnel said I ordered the first beer of the day. Ergo, that must be the first beer of the Olympics!
I turned to my brother and yelled, “We got the first beers of the Olympics! We got the first beers of the Olympics!”
This yelling caught the attention of my fellow spectators and consequently, several started snapping photos of us. Here is one such photo, with me on the left and my brother on the right.
Me, Joe, and My Brother, Holding the First Beers Sold at the Olympics
Just to make sure we got the first beers, we had a look around to see if anyone else was drinking a beer. We didn’t see anyone drinking a beer. Furthermore, when we went back to get two more beers a few minutes later, the concession stand personnel said, “Sorry but we’re not allowed to sell any beer until 9 AM.”
So, I guess we got lucky. Being proud Canadians, maybe we were destined to get the first beers? I’m sure if Don Cherry were there he would have said, “Those are two good Canadian kids, right there, eh!”.
What could be more Canadian than two brothers drinking Molson Canadian at a winter sporting event?
Although thousands of spectators will be buying and enjoying Molson Canadian during the Olympics, no one else can say they bought the first beers of the Olympics. That simple act of buying those two beers was like the beer version of the Opening Ceremonies.
I close this post by proudly saying:
My name is Joe and…I…AM…CANADIAN!