Whenever I am abroad or elsewhere in the US besides where I live
, people always want to know interesting things about my homeland
. I once had a guy from New York
tell me that I couldn't be from Texas if I'd never owned livestock
I'm here to tell you that Texas is exactly what you think it is, but it's also everything you think it isn't. A perfect example of this is the indigenous
(I think) beer barn.
barn is in fact an actual barn, usually off of a major highway like I-35 or I-20, in a county where the sale of alcohol
is permitted. (In Texas ther are counties which are dry
.) It is a barn-shaped building with the double door at the front and back of the barn open. And, in this barn, there are two things:
- An attendant
You cannot purchase liquor
at a beer barn, only beer, wine, and perhaps an assorted meat snack
or giant pickle
I've neglected to mention the most compelling aspect of the beer barn as of yet: It's a drive-thru.
I'll give you a minute to wrap your brain around that. Yes, a drive-thru beer store
Maybe its because I grew up around it, but I didn't think this was a big deal until I moved up east
and people started calling me a liar
. Hell, people in Los Angeles
didn't believe me and you can have beer AND smokes delivered
Rononspoon has alerted me to the fact that a relative of his owned such an establishment
in the late seventies. This one was in Kansas City
. The phenom spreads!