November 29, 2011
Two seemingly unrelated facts that I promise to tie together:
1. I like beer. Really, I do.
2. It's almost my birthday yet, because Beth and Mia will be so busy over the next couple of weeks rehearsing and performing, Beth took me out for my birthday on Saturday.
We left early on Saturday - like 80 year olds would on a date - and headed to Alexandria. For those of you not familiar with the Greater Monkeytown Area, Alexandria is a very old town that sits on the Potomac River just a stones throw from Monkeytown itself. Our destination? Port City Brewing Company. It sat in a nondescript warehouse in a nondescript area of a regularly descript town. When we got inside, we were greeted by a pretty large crowd and some very enthusiastic Port City employees eager to give us all kinds of beer to try. Sure, twist my arm. After trying a few varieties, we took the tour. And two very related facts that surprised me were shared:
1. Port City is less than a year old.
2. Before Port City's arrival, there were no breweries in the DC area.
The tour was impressive, the people who ran the joint were even more so, and the beer was, of course, excellent. Afterwards, Beth and I drove into Old Town Alexandria, walked around, reminisced about past homecoming and prom dates we'd had in the area, then ate wonderful tapas. And then the Great Thanksgiving Cold (which wasn't so great) hit me so we went home around the time 80 year olds would.
I learned several moderately related things from my trip to Port City:
1. Finding something that you love (beer) and pursuing it (beer) has to be a damn fine job.
2. The closer you are (geographically and emotionally) to something you consume, the more you appreciate it. Regardless of the fact that Coors is shitty beer, kicking back with a Coors that was mass produced in a giant factory hundreds of miles away doesn't seem nearly as satisfying as opening a bottle of beer that a few folks took a lot of care and patience to make just down the street.
3. It's easy to say you'd like to do that whole eat local thing but harder to actually follow through. It takes two to tango - someone to produce and someone to consume. It should be easier for small businesses to produce things that support their immediate community.
So, yeah, I got all that from a trip to a kick-ass brewery. Well, that and a nifty buzz.Posted by Chris at November 29, 2011 7:20 AM