We have the utmost respect for Victrola Roasters in Seattle. They've been on our Heroes & Legends list since day one.
Drinking a good beer, tequila or bourbon followed by coffee we can understand. But Corona? If Victrola didn't already have a well-established reputation as being a solid roaster/blender, we would really have to wonder about their taste preferences.
With all the great microbreweries in the Pacific NW, you'd think Victrola could do better than Corona. We wonder if that's what Tony drank?
Because of their stellar repuation, we will of course give Victrola the benefit of the doubt. Certainly they know more about tasting coffee than we do. Perhaps they were drinking Corona because it's only slightly more compelling a "beer" as Coors Light. The lack of flavor and character may be precisely what's needed so as not to interfere with cupping (although good or bad tequila or bourbon would certainly leave a lingering taste).
Regular readers know the Corona refrain by now... having lived in Mexico for a year we can confidently state that there's a reason you put a lime in it. (We pretty much stuck with Negra Modelo and Dos Equis lager while living there.) Granted, Corona is currently the best selling brand in Mexico, but remember that Bud Light is tops in the US (2. Bud, 3. Miller Light, 4. Coors Light) so that only suggests selling to the lowest common denominator, it says nothing of quality.
We do, however, applaud the Wilco selection. And we're jealous that they get to taste all those great Panamanian coffees. But that beer... we'd take Iron City over Corona any day (at least on a hot day... but never ICLight - now that's crap).
Yes, we're sorta beer snobs. And we don't have a liquor license, so no use getting into what we would serve if we could.
Btw, this all started because both Victrola and us were on the short list of top restaurant blogs as compiled by Profitable Hospitality. Victrola got an "A" for its blog. We only got a "B+". Color us mildly jealous.
(Plus they never responded to us when we offered a Super Bowl bet way back in January). So there!