In order to accurately and professionally let free the information that is needed this week, we must first turn to a piece of art which has no relevance to the reasoning behind why our name is what it is but it is very similar to our name and was once a play (is still) so, on this day some eighty eight (88!) years after it’s premiere we will run through the play to let you know about chicken wings. But first, we must establish the characters used (or about to be) and give them a little back story. By the by, the play (film, eventually) is called “Die Dreigoschenoper” but is also called, when translated, “The Threepenny Opera.”
Here are the characters/players:
- Mack (“Mack the Knife”): total criminal but seemingly OK dude since he is totally besties with the police chief even though he’s a criminal.
- JJ Peacham: he controls the beggars, all of them.
- Celia Peacham: married to JJ, helps him run the ship, totally breaking hearts and shaking confidences, daily.
- Polly Peacham: not just a really great name for an ice cream flavor, she’s the daughter of Celia and JJ and, after having known Mack for about 48 hours, decides to accept his offer of marriage, much to the behest of her parents but if they accepted the union then we wouldn’t have much of a conflict with which to build a plot.
- Tiger: Chief of Police, head honcho of the policia, Army buddies with Mack and it’s weird because we’re pretty sure he knows that Mack is a criminal but he’s still chummy with him.
- Lucy: Tiger’s daughter and the background pretty much stops there.
- Jenny: former fling of Mack’s and bribed to try and get Mack in trouble and/or hanged.
And here’s the rundown, from memory (which might be a little hazy – it’s not like I can look up the plot synopsis on the internet as reference or anything (kids these days – back in MY day we actually had to reads these things)):
JJ opens us up with a bout between him and Filch, one of his beggars under his employment. JJ then learns that his daughter didn’t return home the previous evening and he’s not amused and comes to the conclusion that she’s in cahoots with Mack and then he gets red in the face.
Then, Polly and Mack are hanging out in a stable and it’s kind of like a wedding but no vows are exchanged and then everyone in the posse gets to eat stolen food. There’s a little tense moment when the police chief arrives (Tiger) but it’s all kind of a show since Mack and Tiger are tight and Tiger is one of the reasons that Mack isn’t in jail or hanged because he’s got his back on numerous occasions.
Polly goes back home and goes full bore into the “I’m going to love him no matter what you say” thing when talking to her parents. In this fit she kind of lets the cat out of the bag that Tiger and Mack are homies, which her parents are probably going to use against one of them in the future.
Polly goes back to Mack and tells him that her father is going to have him arrested, via song (the telling, not the arresting). Mack is all like “peace, then, I’m out and here’s how you run my business whilst I’m out.” On his way out of town he stops to see an old fling (Jenny) to talk about the good old days but Mack doesn’t know that Celia has bribed Jenny to turn him in.
Tiger is there to get him and is all like, “sorry bro, just doing my job” but they take Mack away anyway. Lucy and Polly get into it over their shared man and it’s like a wigwam and a teepee, it’s two tents. Polly leaves and Lucy conspires to get Mack out of jail. JJ learns about this and goes right to Tiger and gives him the old, “if you let this happen I’m going to end you by releasing all of my beggars during the Queen’s coronation parade and she’ll be Royally pissed in the actually proper sense of the word.”
Jenny goes to the beggar’s banquet to get her money for turning Mack in but Celia isn’t having it. Tiger gets there ready to arrest JJ when he learns that the beggars are already in position to ruin the parade and the only way to stop them is to actually REALLY arrest Mack and have him torn down so that JJ will stop the beggars, which will in turn save Tiger’s job/life.
With Mack back in jail he’s scrambling to try and get the money needed to get out of there and, turns out, no one’s helping this time. Just as the gallows are nearing for Mack he gets one of my absolute favorite Latin phrases handed to him and ultimately gets pardoned, granted a title, a castle and a pension from the Queen for, well, practically nothing that the audience ever figures out. Then they all sing about wronging the wrong is wrong because life is harsh.
And because we think you’ve all waited long enough for it to happen, we’re bringing back OUR BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN WINGS!!!
Yup. You loved them, we took them away for a hot second and now they’re back, for good this time.
We also have beer (man, describing a play I saw probably once took up a LONG time) and it’s worth mentioning:
- Lost Nation House Pale Ale Is Quite Good And It’s An American Pale Ale That’s About As Good As You’re Ever Going To Have.
- Speaking of the hoppity: We have a very small amount of both Jackie O’s (Ohio – if you know, you’ll know) Mystic Mama IPA (West Coast Style IPA) and Matriarch (Triple IPA). One of them is on right at this moment.
- Let’s keep on with the hops and talk about Double Citra from Hill Farmstead. There, we just talked about it. It’s got Citra hops in it. Like, lots.
- On the other side of the spectrum we will be pouring Cigar City’s God of Fear soon, which is an incredible Imperial Stout from the state of Florida.
Be Excellent to Each Other.