The only spirits that arrived in our house, when I was growing up, was vodka of dubious provenance brought from Poland. It acted like a magic charm as all the men became slightly flushed and started wild dancing while the women looked bemused. My lexicon of spirits was severely limited; gin and tonic sounded like something horrible that old people would drink. I remember my first sip of this deliciously refreshing bitter, fragrant, citrus-scented drink even now. It was baptism into the intriguing, perfumed, beguiling, slightly dark and mysterious world of gin.
BT: What’s on deck for new beer styles/collaborations?TH: EIGHT-Oat-Wine in Rye Whiskey Barrels out this fallFirst ever Barrel Aged Darkness, 30K bottles going out end of October kicking it off with 2 big metal shows October 24 & 25th.SOOO many ideas that I haven’t been able to realize since being maxed out! Next year!But a few…..Draft only No Hop Saison brewed with Dandelion greens,on tap nowDraft only-Licorice Porter for Uncle Acid and the Dead Beats first show in MSP, Oct.1st.1349 Black Ale collab with 1349, Lervig and Surly out in bottles late this fall!Stone Berlin 2016More I can’t discuss yet…….
The people I know to be true tea experts are not quick to find fault, not quick to point fingers and make snide remarks, not quick to speak. They experience tea with beginner’s mind and are open to the vast universe of differences that tea presents. That, and when they find their assumptions to be incorrect, they simply say interesting and carry on learning.
So many parallels with wine. It’s all about the flavor.