The Craft Suds Connection

For the record, Michelob Ultra, that ubiquitous, flavorless malt beverage found so often in the hands of dedicated performance-boat enthusiasts when they’re off the water, isn’t beer. It’s a wretched excuse for beer, even of the low-calorie-and-carbohydrate kind.

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The craft-beer world has noteworthy ties to the high-performance powerboating world (click image for full frame).

Don’t get me wrong, I understand why people drink it. The stuff goes down like water, which it mostly is, and doesn’t weigh you down. And like Miller Lite, its evil cousin, Michelob Ultra has a 4.2-percent alcohol content, which is on the low side for alcoholic beverages.

But I also understand why people eat fried pork rinds. And my understanding doesn’t translate to personal consumption. (Have you ever made the mistake of smelling fried pork rinds?)

That doesn’t mean, of course, that high-performance powerboating’s connection to the beer world only exists on the light and mass-produced suds side.

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