After relocating to Savannah, GA, I quickly feel in love with a city that LOVES its alcohol. A place that judges others if you are not carrying a to-go-cup everywhere you walk. In a city that celebrates adult beverages it is unfortunate that craft Breweries are unfortunately few and far between. There are only four delightful breweries to be exact. Four; Southbound Brewing Co., Service Brewing, Coastal Empire Beer Co., and Moon River Brewing Co. For a tourist town that instigates drinking, I personally believe the number four seems a bit too low number and slightly disappointing.
Javi and Trevor are two working professionals during business hours and beer enthusiasts after hours. Both love to travel, finding new and picturesque places to capture with their cameras.
In the movie, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, starring Kevin Costner, the character Friar Tuck shared the thought, “This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord ... Let us give praise to our maker and glory to his bounty by learning about... BEER!” This enthusiasm I feel is part of why I have seen friends who have gone first into home brewing and then to take steps of starting a brewery. I also feel it reflects humanity’s long history and love of beer. This history, this love extends into why beer-drinking parties are as much of a thing in the Pacific Northwest as wine parties have been in the past. Not to say wine is bad by any means, many of us in the PNW enjoy it. This love of wine has also inspired aging beer in previously used wine barrels.
Image from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
When it’s finally Spring in NYC – we go to The Well. It was 78 degrees and overcast in Brooklyn – perfect for day drinking in their huge Bushwick backyard. This past Saturday was their pig roast & beer event – Brooklyn Can N ‘Cue – with an incredible lineup of local brews (see list below!) This event was without a doubt the highlight of my weekend.
Ancient Greeks told stories of “ambrosia”, the food and drink of the gods. Us mere humans believe that one day we will get the chance to taste, just once upon our lips, this unknown blissful flavor. And once we achieve this goal… well then what? That’s where beer fills the gap – from imagination, to spout, to lips. Beer brings a swirl of flavours that are only enjoyed in the mouth of the beholder. And this is how us mere humans experience ‘ambrosia’. The feelings and aroma fill our senses with the feeling of floating on clouds, like those that we would lounge upon in Mt. Olympus.
Adolphus Busch and Eberhard Anheuser may have been the first to extensively bottle beer, use pasteurization to keep that beer fresh, and employ refrigerated railroad cars to keep that beer cold, but the real story over the last several years has been the democratization of the art: microbreweries have shifted into the underpinnings of a nationwide artisnal craft beer movement. Before, the mystagogues of beer were grumpy old men making small-batch home-brews in their garage during golden retirement years; present-day we're looking at bearded guys in their 20s and 30s with pun-laden twitter accounts and a true taste for specialized beers, harvesting their notoriety through hops and grain, one bottle at a time.
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