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.
Throughout my, limited, travels, I have found that no matter where I go, the craft beer culture is full of front porch people. Craft beer lovers want to talk and share their love for craft beer with everyone.
Next time you're out drinking a craft beer, keep your eyes off your smartphones and laptops, look up and and engage with with your fellow craft beer lover. Say cheers, and ask them what they are drinking. If you don’t you could miss out on meeting some amazing people, like the GQs from Brieux Carré Brewing, Robert and Taylor.
Late night shenanigans by these GQs; Mr. Sexy & Mr. Stud
Robert, Taylor and Barley (Golden Retriever) were great hosts. Robert sat down with my wife and me, and just chatted about NOLA, Brieux Carré Brewing, the pH levels in Louisiana water, and much more. With that front porch disposition, he genuinely wanted to get to know us. Thank you.
Now lets not forget about the fun lovin' Taylor, that unknowingly agreed to sit on Robert's shoulders while they conducted telephonic and draft pouring business. Taylor was very personable. Most memorable was how he interacted with customers; he instantaneously engaged vacationers as if they were community neighbors. And some were.
I mention these guys because the PNW (the community, not the craft beer culture) can learn a lot from GQ Robert and GQ Taylor. They embody the NOLA front porch attitude, as well as the whole craft beer culture. My challenge for everyone in the PNW is to visit your local brewery (taproom or craft beer store), grab a pint and turn on that front porch charm. Get to know your neighbors. Immerse yourself into the craft beer culture, have a beer and become a front porch community neighbor.