‘Gansett Sundays

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jul 23 2011

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:50mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Sold on Merit

By the time most of you see this you’ll be seeing a glimpse into exactly what I’m doing. Basked in the summer sweat rays beamed in from billions of miles away, the little red plastic ball will be experiencing massive and rapid changes in velocity and trajectory as the mallets rain down upon it, thwacking it in pursuit of goals, polo cred, and boiling frustration.

The distinction between gameplay and lifestyle photography at polo is a big one. Gameplay is all bodies in motion, bikes arranged in frozen space. Lifestyle is everything off the court. The sizable beer cooler that someone’s been bringing for the past couple of weeks that we all store our brews in. ‘Gansett, Bud, and Harpoon IPA are the most common lately.

Given my new research-heavy job in the beverage industry I can’t help but look too far into these choices. Pabst used to be near-exclusive on the court, the preferred beer of bikers and hipsters alike. Somehow Narragansett has almost entirely eclipsed this domination, and I have no idea where it came from, the change. I do know that the Greek billionaire behind the private equity firm Metropoulos & Co. recently acquired the entirety of Pabst Brewing (Pabst, Colt 45, Old Milwaukee, and other brands) from K.C.F., but I suspect 0% of bikers were influenced by that.

Made on Honor, Sold on Merit.

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