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Stockboy, there’s a fly on my beer

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 23, 2006 at 2:28 pm | No Comments »
September 23, 2006 2:28 pm


PranQster, a Belgian-style golden ale from California’s North Coast Brewing Co., boasts “unique flavoring elements.” I’m pretty certain that doesn’t refer to dead flies.

Metropolitan Market claims it has “everything you need to cook and eat well.”

I’m sure the store doesn’t count dead flies on beer bottles among its bounty.

I found a fly on a bottle of PranQster at Metropolitan Market in Dash Point today. There was something sticky on the neck of the bottle. A fly was stuck on that substance.

I took the bottle off the shelf and walked over to one of the store’s clerks, who was stocking sports drinks near the beer cooler.

“Excuse me,” I said, holding the fly-specked bottle toward him. “You might want to put this one back in the store room.”

“What’s wrong with it?” he asked.

I angled the bottle so he could see the fly stuck on the neck.

“It’s dead,” he said.

The stock clerk grabbed the bottle. He flicked the lifeless insect off the neck.

“Here,” he said, handing me the beer. “Do you still want to buy it?”

“No thanks,” I said.

The stock clerk put the PranQster bottle back on the shelf.

I walked away.

The dead fly laid on the floor.

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