Is it wrong to have favorite words? Shouldn’t our words be like our children? “Now, sweetie, Mommy and Daddy love you both equally. We just love you differently.”
Maybe so. But at risk of giving all those other words deep-seated issues that make it hard for them to commit when they grow up until they work through them in expensive therapy, we’re just gonna say it right here — Yes, we have a couple of favorite words:
“Brunch” and “Sip.”
The words behind our “brunch and sip menu”
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. You would expect us to have “Sip” on our menu because us. It’s not like anybody asks Major League Baseball, “So what is it you do?”
“Brunch” is a little trickier, because usually you think a brunch is time-dependent. Yes, we’re open during “brunch” hours. We’re open during other hours, too; during “lupper,” maybe. Or is
it “linner”? Whatever. Anyway, we’re not open late at night and most of our hours of service are nearer breakfast and lunch than dinner, so “sip and brunch” it is.
Ah, but the meaning goes deeper than just hours of the day and sipping through them.
What’s in a word: “Sip”
“Sip,” Merriam-Webster tells us, means “to drink something in small quantities.” You knew that ’cause you do that. M-W gives an example from “The Milagro Beanfield War” by John Nichols: “And, sipping on the beer, he remembered romantic days of yore.” We invite you into either one of our locations at any time to do the same.
(The part M-W didn’t include: “Stripping naked, Snuffy settled with a tallboy and a joint in the bathtub-sized pool, his head resting against a smoothly sculpted rock, the chilly Rio Grande rolling by inches from his pigeon-toes. And, sipping on the beer …” etc. We’re afraid we can’t invite you in to do those other things at either of our places, but come on in for a beer.)
The fact is, our “brunch and sip menu” gives you lots of choices for exercising those delicate little sip muscles, from many kinds of coffee and tea to many kinds of beer and cocktails.
It turns out, Favorite Word No. 1 probably comes from a Middle English word, sippen, which itself derives from the Low German word, sip, which means … “to sip.” (Merriam-Webster certainly didn’t work up a sweat over this one.) It’s even pronounced the same, but with a German accent. (We wouldn’t call it a Low German accent. We don’t judge.) But all of these words … OK, word … have in common that they mean, to drink something a bit at a time. And that’s the most important thing to us.
Why? Google, as it so often does, has the answer. The Google Book Ngram Viewer says that, for nearly two centuries, between 1800 and 1980, the appearance of the word “sip” in books was relatively flat. It increased sharply, 133%, between 1980 and 2000, and then went up like a rocket: 765% since 1800.
What does that mean? It means that for the last couple of decades, people have wanted to hear “sip” more. Much more. By 2017 they wanted 765% more sipping. We think that’s because as the pace of our world accelerates, as our daily lives get more demanding and more stressful, people wish they could spend more time just sitting, and sipping.
We wish they could, too. And our two locations with their “brunch and sip menu” are great places to start.
What’s in another word: “Brunch”
The origin of “brunch” in our “sip and brunch” orientation is obvious: a meal between breakfast and lunch. It first showed up in print in the late 1800s in Britain, where it was used to describe your first meal on Sunday after staying too late at the pub Saturday night. (If you’re a Hobbit, brunch starts somewhere between Second Breakfast and Elevenses.)
Traditionally, brunch includes alcoholic beverages — for sipping, of course — but it doesn’t need to. Have you seen our coffee and tea menus? Brunch also features lighter dishes than
you would expect at dinner, but maybe more substantial than a regular breakfast. Sometimes, lots of them. And dishes that might be prepared sweet for breakfast can be made savory for brunch.
Robert Palmatier’s “Food: A dictionary of literal and nonliteral terms” says brunch can occur anytime before 3 p.m., but the guidelines are squishy, so we tend to extend it a bit. In fact, that squishiness is the reason “brunch” is one of our favorite words. Because when you get right down to it, putting “brunch” on our menu means we can serve whatever the heck we want whenever the heck we’re open. And that’s how we roll.
Ooh! Speaking of rolling, try the Breakfast Burrito. Lots of deliciousness rolled up in those beauties.
So our two favorite words, sip and brunch, really add up to one
And that word is “time.” You can come into one of our two locations, Sip Coffee and Beer House in Scottsdale, or Sip Coffee and Beer Garage in Phoenix, pretty much any time of day. Ask to see our “brunch and sip menu.” Order some brunch. And something to sip.
And just … enjoy the time. Because even though it’s not listed on the menu, everything we serve comes with a side order of time.
*Shirt, shoes and other clothes required. And ditch the weed, thanks.