I am a creature of routine and when my routine gets disrupted it takes me a while to find my rhythm and make my way back to a new routine. I’m starting to get my new routine established and that means writing more consistently (my new routine includes meditation and jogging). On the Five Articles.
- One of the classes I got the most out of at UNC was my sociology of bureaucracies and corporation class. One of the main takeaways is that all bureaucracies and corporations behave like humans. Meaning in their hierarchy of needs survival and procreation are at the top. So, when a bureaucracy like the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is faced with extinction it goes into overdrive to protect and itself. Lew Bryson is right. Pennsylvania (and almost every other state) needs to take their alcohol laws and start from scratch taking into account that there has been 80 years of progress since the repeal of prohibition.
- This is one of my favorite unofficial official holidays in this country: Pie and Beer Day.
- Kinston is one of the little towns in this state that I haven’t been to. While this is a great national article about Kinston, it should be noted that there are small towns like this scattered across this state. Towns where the death of the textile/tobacco industries wreaked havoc on their economies for decades. These small communities are all starting to find their footing by figuring out what they have and looking outside the normal development box to highlight those things. There are a couple like that if you head west from Charlotte: Belmont and Shelby.
- Two things about this Heineken article. I am always interested when people from Europe actually come to the US and finally get a sense at how big and actually diverse it is. We are not all like the angry orange haired crazy man who was on television all of last week. Second, you could take out beer and substitute almost any other consumable product and this story would still make sense. Companies like Heineken are beer sellers, not beer makers. There is a big difference.
- This is an interesting look at traditional beer culture and style through the lens of China and its growing craft beer culture.