As someone who was so repelled by the South’s heinous record of discrimination and savagery against blacks that I moved all the way to Seattle to get out of the virulent remnants of that culture, it is grimly satisfying to me to see parts of the South, however slowly and painfully, begin the process of accepting and honoring the enormous cultural contribution of its early African American settlers.
Just know that, to some guy who tastes about 500 – 650 IPAs every year, these had that certain Something that really set them apart.
Whatever happens, make no mistake about it: this fractious time in America is at least as much about entitlement as any other single factor.
Tough Love 2020, for all my purposes, is Perfect. It leaves NOTHING to be desired. It’s malty, rich, deep, complex, chewy, BALANCED, food-friendly, complete, and immensely thoughtful; one of the brainiest jobs EVER of crafting a great beer.
Just in time for your Holiday gifting and also just in time to keep you happily semi-sedated for your lock-down, here are some very drinkable Ryes that will make great, budget-savvy gifts and let you grab an extra for yourself without major guilt spasms.
Ginquila is, dare I say it, kinda elegant, as if Mozart had suddenly decided to try his hand at atonal jazz.
As we head into our virus-riddled holidays, Headwinds Vodka is a circus-grade party on our palates, with as little hemorrhaging as possible in the area of our bank accounts.
Nightside is a perfect example of the current American ingenuity and a really great little distillery, run by nice folks who WORK at being better, every single day they’re open.