Andrew Varnon

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Andrew Varnon teaches "Beer, Baseball and the Bible," and other classes at Western New England University in the English and Communications departments. He is also a high school tennis coach, a writer, and an award-winning poet. He lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts, with his wife Lynette and two children.

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A scaled model of Wynn's planned casino in Everett, Massachusetts.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Maybe I’m just a rube.

A beer sampler.
Quinn Dombrowski / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/quinndombrowski

I show my classes a picture of a bottle of Budweiser, and in the way they respond to it -- Budweiser, ugh! -- it strikes me that the landscape of American beer has changed a lot in the 20-odd years since I reached legal drinking age. 

In 2003, Greenfield, Massachusetts, adopted a mayoral form of government, technically changing from town to city, according to state regulations. But Greenfield kept calling itself a town for 14 more years.
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In official state documents, we used to be referred to as “The City known as the Town of Greenfield.” Kind of embarrassing.