The majority of beer produced in North America is brewed with grains grown on a large scale, often far from where the brews themselves are made. So while “local” breweries might be physically making beers onsite, most of their ingredients are shipped from far and wide. Now some breweries are flipping that script.
In the greenwashed ecosystem of conscientious consumption, few words are as bastardized as “local.” Your Stumptown coffee might be locally roasted, but the beans weren’t grown in Oregon or New York. The way we use the word seems disingenuous. Can a neighborhood brewery call itself “local,” then, if few, if any, of its ingredients are […]
I had to double check the label when the waiter handed me the bottle I’d requested. On the front it read, “Testalonga El Bandito.” On the back was the evidence I was looking for: “Wine of South Africa. Place of Origin: Swartland.” My jaw slowly slid toward the table. South African by birth, I live […]
Who knows what odd demonstrations of patriotism we’ll see this Fourth of July? Considering the country isn’t entirely, ah, united, there’s a chance the typical well-meaning attempt to explode colorful shapes in the sky could be overtaken by protests, counter protests, counter-counter protests, and then a bunch of variously competing declarations of patriotism and meta-patriotism […]