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Pronunciation of Sucaba?

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by heatwaves, Feb 28, 2013.

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  1. heatwaves

    heatwaves Aspirant (267) Oct 17, 2009 California
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    I always thought it was pronounced "Suc-ka-baa", similar to succabus. But I recently heard two people pronounce it "Sue-caw-baa". What's correct?
  2. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Aspirant (245) Aug 19, 2011 California
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  3. AndrewK

    AndrewK Aspirant (235) Oct 20, 2006 California

    Close, but much like Prince in the 90s, I think the correct pronunciation is "the beer formerly known as abacus."
  4. tyrsis

    tyrsis Disciple (321) Mar 13, 2009 California
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    The latter
  5. henryspam

    henryspam Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2009 California

    "suc-ka-ba" or "sucka-ba". According to Rick (Slick Rick) the FW sales rep in bay area. Thats how he pronounced it at the David Walker bottle signing event at Healthy Spirits last year Feb 14. David Walker didn't correct Rick so I guess David approved that pronunciation.

    BUt I guess you can just pronounce it whichever way you want- "suckaba" or "sue-kaba" since David Walker is cooler than being cool- ice cold.
  6. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Initiate (197) Dec 10, 2010 California

    I think any beer that uses some odd character like this, § , in its name allows it to be called whatever you want to call it.

    Damn tasty beer, but such a screwy name.
  7. notjustgc

    notjustgc Initiate (154) Nov 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    Explanation of the name change from notyourdadsbeer.com (apparently no longer exists), 2011-07-23:
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  8. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,188) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Don't give in to the man - call it Abacus.
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  9. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I pronounce this beer to be one of FW's best!
  10. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I've always said sue-kaa-baa.
  11. w_klon

    w_klon Initiate (183) Aug 1, 2012 Oregon
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    I like 'Sucuba' the best. Every time I see it in a thread, I chuckle. Same goes for 'Beautification'.

    I like to get fancy and say Sue-ká-ba with an accent. Lets the beer guy know i'm serious :sunglasses:.
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  12. kmatlack

    kmatlack Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2010 California
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    I still just call it Abacus. People will know what you are talking about
  13. besaunders

    besaunders Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2007 California

    Oh you say Sue-kay-buh, and I say Sue-kah-buh...
  14. emilyLOVESlime

    emilyLOVESlime Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2009 California

    See, before I learned about the Abacus/Sucaba thing last year I always though FW was trying out a new way to spell "succubus". Oops.
  15. 01Ryan10

    01Ryan10 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2011 California

    It's pronounced correctly here.

  16. litheum94

    litheum94 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2008 California

    I'm with you. I refuse to call it by its new name. It's my silly way of protesting.
  17. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Aspirant (260) Apr 30, 2011 Florida
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    Just realized Sucaba is Abacus backwards.............:grimacing:
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  18. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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  19. skunk242

    skunk242 Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    If it's Abacus backwards, then shouldn't you pronounce the same syllables the same way just in the reverse order?
  20. grrrah

    grrrah Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 California
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    I'm not sure what that first letter is, so I'll go with:

    Sphrxcroo Ka Bah
  21. Arbitrator

    Arbitrator Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2008 California

    What are your thoughts on turtles?
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  22. Saxmusik45

    Saxmusik45 Aspirant (260) Nov 18, 2011 California
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    Personally, I like turtles.
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  23. RashyGrillCook

    RashyGrillCook Aspirant (260) Apr 30, 2011 Florida
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    They make great soup. And they make one hell of a coffee stout.
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  24. MLucky

    MLucky Aspirant (286) Jul 31, 2010 California

    I always pronounce it "Firestone Walker barleywine," because I feel silly saying "suh-cuh-bus" or however you're supposed to say it.
  25. heatwaves

    heatwaves Aspirant (267) Oct 17, 2009 California
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    Ultimately, I think this name change sucks. And the pronunciation sucks ... or "suh kx".

    I hope other beers don't do this. As sought after as it is, I don't think I could ever pronounce "rebealB."
  26. Drunk_And_Sarcastic

    Drunk_And_Sarcastic Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2012 California

    At the FW tasting room they still call it Abacus. I asked them how to pronounce it and the guy said they still refer to it as Abacus. However, I do like calling it "the beer formerly known as Abacus".
  27. Zhiguli

    Zhiguli Aspirant (245) Jul 12, 2012 California

    I have now confused 2 BevMo dudes by calling it Abacus while pointing to their cases. Fuck it, I don't speak backwards with paragraph symbol
  28. luwak

    luwak Aspirant (269) Mar 2, 2010 Arizona
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    Walker called it "SUCK A BAH" when we discussed it at one of the FW events here in AZ last year. With his slightly British accented articulation, the stress was on the first syllable and the last syllable was partailly swallowed.

    But it is basically a nonce word (or, see below, it may not be if it remains the name of the beer, and then would be basically then just be a pseudoword) and as such the pronunciation is determined by the initial utterance and the subsequent promulgation of the idea, or in this case, object, associated therewith along with the concomitant original pronunciation; however, as convenience dictates the evolution of the pronunciation of a word to a far greater degree than appeal to any authority, it may well be that whatever people find easier becomes the de facto pronunciation despite the creators' original intentions.

    When i discussed the beer with Walker, I playfully recommended to him that he just keep permuting the letters in the name so it had a different name every year (since at that point we had only Abacus and Sucaba) He said he liked the idea.

    So i was disappointed not to be buying USBAAC or CABASU or something this year....But playfulness doesn't really fit the FW image.
  29. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Are you a turtle ?
    If anyone ever asks you that question at a VFW party the proper is answer is
  30. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (952) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    I asked Matt last year during beer week how the heck to pronounce it and he said

  31. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Initiate (39) Dec 13, 2010 Alaska
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    Thats funny because about a month ago at the Alaska Beer and Barleywine fest, the Firestone booth had it on tap and I asked the girl for some Abacus and she looked at me like I had a dick for a nose.
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  32. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Aspirant (245) Aug 19, 2011 California
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    may not have been a firestone rep? thats how most festivals are... especially in alaska. most breweries cant afford to go to GABF sometimes let alone travel to different festivals
  33. TheBrewViking

    TheBrewViking Initiate (39) Dec 13, 2010 Alaska
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    yeah you're right I think the only reps were from alaska breweries and the rest were volunteers. I guess everyone can't be as geeky as me about beer.
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