Smithsonian Institution Craft Beer Historian

Fancy yourself a Craft Beer Historian and have a strong desire to work in Washington, DC? Well here is your chance. The Smithsonian is looking for people just like you. The job description below doesn’t sound quite as romantic as the article in Washingtonian described, but nonetheless this might be just the opportunity for someone with a strong desire to research beer culture since 1960. I know if I was going for this position my suggestion for research would be for me to visit breweries and gather information on the topic. I can envision sitting on a stool working my way through the sampler while taking notes and afterwards asking the barkeep to line it up again so I can be sure I fully understand their lineup. Multiply that experience times 4,000+ breweries in the US and you have yourself a heck of a job.😉


So What’s Next?

At one time wine was all the rage and led the marketplace while craft beer was looked down on as a working man’s beverage. Today that leader is decidedly craft beer with wine taking a backseat. Don’t get me wrong, wine is still selling like hotcakes, but beer is now the hot ticket and even wine snobs are having a brewski or two on occasion. Bourbon has become hot over the last few years and snagging a bottle of something special has become difficult with everyone who is not hunting for particular bottles or brands. With craft cocktails liquor sales have undoubtedly increased, but I’m wondering what the next big thing will be moving forward. I don’t see beer backing off, but I do think it may be reaching the peak if it has not already and wine peaked sometime back. If mead ever caught on the supply would evaporate in an instant due to how few meaderies there are in the US. Cider has definitely been coming into it’s own the last few years and may continue to increase. If you have a feeling as to what might be next post a comment and let us know.


Remington R51 Reintroduction

Apparently the Remington R51 is coming back out in August. You may recall it was first introduced in 2014 to much acclaim, but quickly it became apparent it should have never left the drawing board. I’ve followed the firearm since it was first announced with my last post on the topic happening in May. If Remington wants to send me one for review I’d happily give it a whirl, but it will be quite awhile before I plop down any coin on the pistol after the fiasco which was the 2014 model.


The Do’s And Dont’s Of Talking About Gun Violence noted in their piece Americans for Responsible Solutions rebranding gun control the message is changing and gun owners should take note. I’m not sure what legislation might be proposed, but changing the message to take focus off the NRA and and Second Amendment would certainly make any message more palatable and appear more benign. Gun owners need to carefully critique any new legislation to be sure the measures are truly an effort to curb illegal guns and not an attack on on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Maybe the group will eventually even figure out common sense is two words.

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That Ain’t Right – I Had Enough Of What Ain’t Right!

Remember the words of Danny Glover as Malachi Johnson in the movie Silverado? That’s what came to mind today as I learned of the shooting of a healthcare worker in Miami. An autistic patient wandered out of a facility on Monday and Charles Kinsey went to find him and bring him back. In the meantime the police were called and somehow they believed a person with a gun was in a neighborhood. In reality it was an autistic man with a toy truck and a healthcare worker. The police asked him to lay on the ground and he did with his hands up as you can clearly see in the video. The moment of the shooting is not in the video, but you can clearly see Charles Kinsey complying with police commands. Kinsey was shot in the leg and according to some sources the officer shot his rifle three times!

So my immediate thought would be accident, but the officer could certainly tell Kinsey was no threat so the only conceivable threat would be the autistic patient. Why was he not the one shot and the rifle pointed at him? Kinsey had identified himself clearly on the video as a healthcare professional and had pointed out the autistic man had a toy. Why not stand down? Unless the officer had their firearm on select fire (automatic three shot burst), and the muzzle rise was such that the last bullet in the sequence contacted Kinsey, I can see no need for three shots and the officer needs to learn to keep their finder OFF THE TRIGGER! I’m at a loss for this one folks. There are no winners in this situation because an officer either mishandled the firearm or decided to shoot someone. I suspect charges will be filed against the officer he least of which would be negligent discharge of a firearm.


Foothills Hop Of The Month?

I gotta say I absolutely loved it when Foothills had their IPA Of The Month series of beers. It was challenging at times to find them, but they were always great and easy to recognize. This year they decided to go with the Hop Of The Month and it is not quite as straightforward. Sure they are releasing one each month, but it doesn’t actually list the month on the label and figuring out the newest release requires going to the website or following closely on social media to know what to purchase to stay up to date. In reality they lost me after April when in May I could not find the latest release. I think they should go back to using actual months on the label to make it simple for consumers to know which is which. Anyway, when I see them out on draft I give them a whirl, but I still wish the bottles were clearly labeled.

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Drinking Games

Once upon a time when we were young and stupid drinking games and shots were all the rage. At the time we were drinking for effect rather than flavor and it was a way to liven up the party or break the ice. The list of games we played was long and a few which come to mind were Quarters, Fuzzy Duck, F Your Buddy, Thumper, Colonel Puff, Tapmaster, Mexican, Grab Bag Beer, I Never, Chandeliers, 60 Minutes, Up The River Down The River, Three Man, and probably many more. We would do keg stands and shotgun beers all in a effort to get the party started. Today I see grown adults powering through Fireball and my general MO is to take a pass. Anymore quickly ingesting alcohol typically does not lead to a wonderful following day, in fact quite the opposite so for that reason I stick with slow and steady wins the race and plenty of water!

I came across an article about a group of people playing Beer Pong when a fight broke out and someone had their throat slashed with a broken bottle. I doubt it had much to do with the beer, probably the cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone were the true causal factor for the incident. I’ve never played Beer Pong, but if throat slashing is part of the game I think I’ll take a pass.


Alton Sterling – On Your T-Shirt?

When I saw the news the Minnesota Lynx were going to wear a shirt to honor Alton Sterling I had to take a minute to let that soak in completely. This happened nine days ago, but after the protests in Baton Rouge regarding Mr. Sterling’s death and the shooting of six officers I felt it was time to address it on the blog. I’ve watched several of the videos of the officers shooting Mr. Sterling and still don’t quite understand why they jumped him, but I also don’t know what happened prior to the camera being turned on in the first place. It must have been something memorable or the person with the camera would not have filmed it in the first place. In time perhaps the truth will emerge, but here is what we do know. Someone called the police to let them know Mr. Sterling had a gun and had pulled it on others. In case you were not aware, that is a show of deadly force and can be met with deadly force. After being shot the police found a firearm in Mr. Sterling’s pocket and witnesses said they saw the firearm.

So why would I not make him a poster child? Well for starters if he had a firearm he was carrying it illegally. You see Mr. Sterling was not exactly a law abiding citizen. Why don’t we list just a couple of his offenses and you decide if you would want him on your T-Shirt. Mr. Sterling was a convicted sex offender due to “carnal knowledge of a juvenile”, he had been in prison for illegally carrying a weapon, he had battery and domestic violence arrests, he was a burglar, he failed to register as a sex offender, and he had drug possession charges. This was not a boy scout, rather a person with a long and ongoing criminal history. Try this rap sheet on for size. (Note: The gap at 2009 is because he was in prison serving a five-year sentence.)

9/09/96 – Aggravated battery
10/31/97 – 2nd degree battery
1/06/98 – Simple battery
5/04/00 – Public intimidation
9/20/00 – Carnal knowledge of a juvenile
9/04/01 – Domestic violence
5/24/05 – Burglary of an inhabited dwelling place
7/11/05 – Receiving stolen things
9/12/05 – Burglary of inhabited dwelling place
3/17/06 – Simple criminal damage to property, simple robbery, simple theft, drug possession, misrepresentation during booking, simple battery, aggravated battery
4/12/06 – Aggravated battery, simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace, unauthorized entry
4/04/08 – Domestic abuse battery
6/03/09 – Resisting an officer, drug possession, receiving stolen things, possession of stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon with CDs, sound reproduct without consent
10/12/09 – Illegal carrying of weapon, marijuana possession
8/13/15 – Failure to register as a sex offender
4/08/16 – Failure to register as a sex offender
6/14/16 – Ecstacy and marijuana possession

Perhaps Mr. Sterling was just trying to earn a living selling some CDs outside a convenience store, but two things are fairly certain. He would be alive today had he not carried an illegal firearm and had he complied with police orders we would have never been alerted to this story because it would not have happened. My final thought is if he were in jail for his latest drug possession offenses he would not have had the opportunity to have an illegal firearm and would not have been able to brandish the weapon so the police would have never been called in the first place.


New Wake County ABC Store?

A Wake County resident with an eagle eye spotted a sign for a new ABC Store near the Sam’s under construction and beside Chili’s in Wake Forest. The first ABC Store in Wake Forest was near the Food Lion on Hwy 98 in a very small space. Then a few years ago a much larger and nicer location was tucked down a dead end road near Lowe’s. With little signage it is a miracle anyone ever finds the store. This new one might be visible from Capital Boulevard, but I suspect it will replace the store located near Lowe’s because they are only a little over a mile apart. I’m not sure what is pushing the move, but access will be easier and I would expect the parking lot to have a better layout. Now if we knew the opening date we’d be in business!

Wake County ABC


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