The whole culture of wine is and always has been, at least in part, about exclusion, of an established pecking order in wine consumption and appreciation that is as old as wine itself.
We should all rage. Every day…And along that way, we’ll all fall down, from time to time. But there is one thing you should embrace…Get Back Up.
You are 38, now. None of us wanted to say it but this changes the dynamic: you’re not what you once were…And legacies are a function of Time. They are not established in one or two years and how many do you have left?
IMO, this is one of at least the top ten IPAs I have EVER tasted from WA state. It us STUPIDLY fine: lovely subtle fruit flavors, dazzling, fine-grained, prettily BITTER Chinook hops, great, satisfying body, pleasing finish…a bona fide masterpiece
Crux/Pursuit Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a delicious, fascinating, grown-up bottle of American Bourbon and it is absolutely worth the $$$, if any Whiskey is.
Hair of The Dog occupies a category of One. It’s remained the very definition of what “small independent craft brewery” means and SHOULD mean.
This future is something not that we have to create, it is something we get to create; a wonderful, limitless challenge and can be enormous fun and a good living, IF we have the guts and don’t let the knee-jerk naysayers drag us off the path, into their weeds.
When something comes along that changes the paradigm of a culture or even a product class, like Deschutes Black Butte NA absolutely has done, the bar, the minimum requirement for quality moves in an almost visible way.