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.
Are you hip to the craft beer culture? Do you know anyone like this guy?
Humor aside, its good to educate oneself about beer. Its just not cool to throw it in anyone's face as if you are better than them. I like beer, but I don't know everything about it. The more I learn about beer the more I feel as if I am transforming into a beer snob.
I know a beer snob when I see one; I just don't see it in the mirror yet. However, I am heading down that path. I have successfully checked off three of the beer snob criteria from Andy Krysa's list in his article, How To Be A Better Beer Snob.
How do you measure up to the Beer Snob criteria?
Images of bubbly golden champagne dispersing radiance through overpriced crystal flutes are what I imagine when I think of a celebration. Wrong!!! Or at least, that is what I used to think. Champagne is a delicious libation, but it is such an overrated effervescent beverage that lacks the depth and complexity of beer. Beer is so refreshing too!
Wedding season is approaching fast. I did not have a beer themed wedding but I had lots of beer. Does that count? From our engagement party to wedding, and then to both of our receptions, we had beer present in a supporting role. The journey started shortly after I proposed; our friends hopped on the Cycle Saloon and toured around Fremont and Ballard in Seattle, WA hitting up breweries left and right. Below are some pictures from the memorable day.
Thank God for Google Maps* or I would have never found Four Horsemen Brewery. Four Horsemen is a nano brewery with BIG goals and personality, as well as a hidden gem in King County, WA. Dane, Dominique and Justin showcase their love of beer in the backyard of Dane and Dominique’s parent’s house. Don’t let that fool you. They have plenty of parking space and seating for beer lovers and special occasions. Seating is all out doors, but there is a large tent and heaters for questionable Western Washington weather. Bonus, kids and dogs are welcome too. Make it a family outing.
Dane and Dominique shared with me that they have large goals, but they are taking them in small, incremental steps. From what I experienced, their goals are threefold; celebrating their guests, becoming fully sustainable, and supporting local farmers. Goals:
At first glance through American eyes, rugby is unapologetically violent, packed with action and unnecessarily confusing. Well, at least that is what I initially thought. As I took a step away from traditional American sports, I discovered that rugby is a players sport. As a players’ sport, the players drive the culture of camaraderie versus an adversarial attitude toward their competitors.
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