By Gary Peterson
Do you sing in the shower? Sing with the radio, or enjoy an occasional beer? Then you’re qualified for Beer Choir! Would you enjoy listening to renditions of the Beer Choir hymnal? You’re invited, too!
Palouse Two Rivers Beer Choir held its first event at Rants & Raves Brewery, 308 N Jackson in Moscow. Beer Choir celebrates the joys of singing and drinking beer—think hymns in church, and pub-singing in the UK. The 10-song Beer Choir hymnal is available at beerchoir.com. Many singers download the hymnal to their phones, but paper copies are also available at events.
The songs are easy to sing, with many set to well-known melodies; for example, "Dough-Ray-Me" (apologies to Sound of Music) starts off: “Dough, the stuff that buys me beer. Ray, the guy who serves my beer. Me, the guy who drinks my beer…” and runs “Fa, a long, long way…” from the original. Another song,” He That Will an Alehouse Keepe”, is a “3-Part Round (getting rounder with each beer).”
Beer Choir is the brainchild of choral composer and craft beer enthusiast, Michael Engelhard, with chapters in Seattle, Chicago, Phoenix, and St. Louis (National Headquarters) as well as the Atomic chapter in Richland, Washington. Visit the Palouse Two Rivers Beer Choir Facebook page, and find more information via the Beer Choir Facebook group. The Palouse Two Rivers chapter plans monthly Beer Choir events to alternate between the Palouse and the Valley, typically on Wednesdays from 7 to 8pm
Palouse Choral Society started the new chapter for fun, and to meet local singers—they’d love to find more tenors! PCS includes a 70-member concert choir, a chamber choir, and a recently created children’s choir. For more information about PCS and upcoming concerts, see, palousechoralsociety.org.