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Memento Mori With My Last Pint

June 8, 2011 by Matt | 4 Comments

A few months ago I ran across an interesting series of videos on Vimeo called My Last Pint. The series asks four questions centered around a hypothetical situation in which one could choose the last pint of their life. From the My Last Pint website:

“My Last Pint is about your last beer. It is a celebration of beer. Sure you are about to die, but think on the bright side, you can choose your last beer. What would it be? What would be the setting for your last pint? What would you eat with your last pint? With whom would you drink your last pint? That is what we want to know…”

On the surface it seems rather macabre, but the more I thought about it the more profoundly beautiful the idea became. It brings to mind the latin phrase, “memento mori”, which means “Remember your mortality.” Which again sounds macabre, but that isn’t the point that’s being expressed. It’s merely a reminder that our time here is short, so make the most of it and focus on the things that matter. And that’s exactly what the questions asked by My Last Pint achieve. Those four questions instantly cause one to pause and consider not only the inevitable, but also the things and people that mean the most to them.

 

The creator of My Last Pint has been rather prolific in gathering answers from brewers all over the country. It’s been interesting to note not only the answers different brewers give, but also the different attitudes towards the questions. Some responses have been humorous, while others admittedly left me weepy. But then I tend to get weepy a lot when it comes to beer (stupid “I Am A Craft Brewer” video gets me every time). It’s a website/project that I have greatly enjoyed watching and reading over the last few months, and I hope to see it continue for years to come. Lord knows there are enough brewers now to make that happen.

I’ll leave you with two of the videos from My Last Pint. If you’d like to see more, visit their website at www.mylastpint.com