Where That Beer's Been

Album: Beer's Better Cold (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • Drinking a cold beer is not exactly a novel topic in a country song, but this melody-driven number takes a slightly different approach.

    I don't know where that beer's been
    But I know where it's goin'
    Into my hand, up to my lips
    Second I crack it open


    When you need a cold one you don't care where it's been, you just know where it's going: into your mouth. Said Denning to Apple Music: "It's obviously about the same thing half the beer songs are - getting the party started - but I love the way it's presented. It's just this weird, stupid redneck thought process of 'I got no clue how this beer got here, but I know exactly what's about to happen to it. It's about to go into my belly right now.' It sounds like something your grandpa would have said."
  • Denning wrote the song with veteran Nashville tunesmith Rhett Akins (Luke Bryan's "I Don't Want This Night To End," Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee") during a writing trip in Panama City.

    Denning had the song title and hook for months, but just couldn't work out how to develop the idea. He recalled to The Boot how Akins walked in fresh off the plane and asked Denning, "What are we writing?" The "After A Few" singer replied that he had a title of "Where That Beer's Been" with a concept along the lines of, "I don't know where that beer has been." And without even thinking twice, Rhett just said, "Yeah, but I know where it's going."

    "I just think he has the best head on his shoulders to not think too hard," Denning added about his co-writer.

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