From PNW to NOLA and back, my wife and I made some interesting discoveries: 1) water is super important for the flavor profile of beer; 2) humidity makes our thighs rub raw; and 3) there are front porch and back porch people.
On our first night in New Orleans, during Jazz Fest 2016, we talked with a man from Seattle that moved to NOLA for a couple reasons; 1) the music culture overflows into the streets with abundance, and 2) Seattle has back porch people, while NOLA has front porch people. At this point, I was not necessarily confused, but I needed clarification. He shared that Seattleites, like to entertain, but in the privacy of their own space, on the back porch. Therefore, one has to know a guy, that has a cousin, and she can get you on the list to attend the party. In NOLA, there are front porches on many houses. Just by proximity to the sidewalk, people on the front porch are engaged in conversations with the whole community. There is no invitation needed, just a friendly personality, and then you will see how those in NOLA will entertain the community from the front porch.
All of my 2016 experiences were reconfirmed during my 2017 Jazz Fest visit to NOLA.
There is a reason that beer establishments were called Pubs (Public Houses); they are the hub (heart) of the community for philosophical discussions, laughing, gossiping, dancing, networking, learning, etc. Beer festivals are generally the same concept, they bring a people together. The Bothell Chamber of Commerce & UW Bothell Alumni brought communities together to share in public house-like activities. On this day, I felt closer to neighbors that I use to called strangers. I met Jim, the Owner & Brewmaster of Foggy Noggin Brewing; Cameron & Steph with Cairn Brewing; Garrison, the Kitchen Manager at 20 Corners Brewing; and two other Beerded Gentlemen, Jeremy & Matt.
Beer festivals are a lot like pubs. The Bothell Block Party and BrewFest embodied the pub spirit with food trucks, musicians, and local brewers. It's a good thing they expanded the footprint of the event, because they sold out with 2,600 community participants. The only downside were the long lines to get beer tastings. However, the lines did give me the opportunity to meet new people and learn about my neighbors.
There is a hidden gem in New Orleans. No, it’s not the historic building that housed a movie theatre. Its not even the brewery that has assumed occupancy of that vintage movie theatre. Its your lovely beertender at Wayward Owl Brewery, Angela Gritman.
Men’s Health magazine posted a super brief article titled, 30 Female Beer Lovers You Must Follow on Instagram in January 2017. However, for me, it missed the mark. Yes, these women love beer. Some are brewers, bloggers, photographers, moms, entrepreneurs and much more. The person(s) behind the Instagram stills has more dimensions than any photograph they take and post; that is what interests me. What are these ladies’ experiences and thoughts on the beer culture.
From my perspective, @WeBikeForBeer is a FUNumentary stacked full of engaging photo stills on what the beer culture is all about for them. @WeBikeForBeer was kind enough to share their thoughts.
The following is based on true events.
Photos are not from the trip, but from Pixabay.com
Determined to take Rossland by storm, forty plus college-aged men post up at a local watering hole upon arrival. Antsy and ready to drink; only one of these men has never experienced the intoxicating flavors of beer. Our protagonist, the Beer Virgin, cautiously enters the bar after showing his identification to the large muscled-bouncer. Not knowing correct bar-going protocol, the Beer Virgin heads to the restroom to formulate his next strategic move to obtaining his first pint of beer. He contemplates while relieving himself at the urinal.