The proper pronunciation of “Seuss” is actually “Zoice” (rhymes with “voice”), being a Bavarian name. However, due to the fact that most Americans pronounced it incorrectly as “Soose”, Geisel later gave in and stopped correcting people, even quipping the mispronunciation was a good thing because it is “advantageous for an author of children’s books to be associated with—Mother Goose.”
Last night I went to one of my favorite bars in Ann Arbor, Ashley’s for an event hosted by Arcadia Ales. Arcadia is based in Battle Creek, Michigan and is a craft brewery specializing in English style ales. I’m a big fan of craft beer and am really pleased to see that America has jumped on board with this art form. Many of the best beers in the world are now brewed in America in many different styles all the way from Pilsner to Porter. Ashley’s was serving several of Arcadia’s beers on tap including their Shipwreck Porter. This beer is a dark beer as that is the porter style. When I first smelled it I thought I was sticking my nose into a glass of Napa Cabernet. Very oaky with notes of vanilla, chocolate, spice, and smoke. As it turns out this beer was barrel aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels from the Heaven Hill distillery. This is a beer you sip for a while and it tastes great at a warmer temperature too.
(Arcadia Ales was established in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1996 and has been producing craft beer ever since)
Later in the evening the Arcadia representative came and sat down with me and my friends and I was able to ask him a few questions. He gave me the low-down on the operations over there. As I mentioned earlier Arcadia is an English inspired brewery using an English system. All of their beer is fermented in open vats and is force carbonated. They used to do bottle conditioned ales where the secondary fermentation (which gives beer its carbonation) occurs in the bottle, but they had issues with bottles exploding in their facility (an unfortunate possibility). This is also the method by which Champagne and other sparkling wines are produced, just a fun fact. They use one single strand of yeast called Ringwood yeast and it is the same strand they’ve been using since the day they brewed their first batch of beer. They are extremely focused on their local market to the point where they will pull out of other states if the supply in Michigan is too low.
The next beer I tried was not from Michigan or even the United States. It was a Belgian Sour Ale, a category that is gaining popularity in the beer market. This particular beer is called Petrus Aged Pale Sour Ale (not made by the famous Bordeaux chateau obviously). This beer is for all of you out there that love acidity because I’ve never tasted a beer that made my mouth screw up like I bit into a lemon. This beer tasted like apple cider vinegar mixed with some smoke. It was a refreshing change after the dark, heavy, porter I just drank.
Beer has the potential to show amazing complexity and is a great way to test your palate and introduce it to new flavors and sensations so I encourage everybody to go out there and drink good beer as well!
Someone set up a group on Facebook for all of the current and former employees of Borders. And even though I was laid off from the home office two years ago, I find myself tearing up reading the stories of people I worked with, and even those I never met. I didn’t think it could or would affect me anymore, but it’s going to create a hole in my heart for a long time.
“But I submit to Chris Blackstone, there’s no difference between a Christian and a biblical Christian. Saying that someone is a “biblical Christian” is tantamount to saying that they believe in “true truth.””—
Bryan suspects that the increase is due to how people view themselves, or maybe just how they want to; by wording a survey that allows a person to see themselves as a voter, vanity is struck because most people view being considered a voter, a positive thing; just asking people to vote on the other hand, sounds more like you’re asking them to do something…