Respite 48\Second Pint B&GCA

35619006303_481b83ecc5_cTonight, I’ve picked up a Block 15 Hypnosis: a barleywine aged in cognac barrels.

This is delicious. With raisin and some chocolate flavors, it leans heavily into sweetness and I’m OK with it. There’s just a little sense of woodiness on the finish-nothing overwhelming but a soft counterpoint for sure. But it is dense. VERY dense. Getting a full glass of this might have been a mistake, because once it’s done, there’s definitely going to be a feeling of “man, you are full”.

I have a feeling that that the wood quality will become more pronounced as this warms up, too.

I have been thinking a lot about trust over the past few months. In a country where the leader is trying to bend every conversation towards loyalty-and the worst kind of loyalty at that- I am, instead, preoccupied with trust.

Because you have to trust people, if you want a functioning society.

For a long time, the concept of trust has been eroded in America and nowhere is this more apparent to me now, than in the relationship between the Legislative and Executive branches of government and the citizens. When the approval rating of the President hovers around 33% and people are staging sit ins at Congress, yelling at them at town halls, something is deeply wrong.

We have to trust people in order to accomplish anything. And the thing about trust-versus loyalty-is that trust is symbiotic. We trust each other and the level of that trust is earned. Loyalty often goes one way: Someone is loyal to someone or something but that loyalty doesn’t automatically extend the other direction and it is never a gradient; loyalty exists as a binary state.

Trust has to operate differently and it has to extend to people we don’t know, people who aren’t like us. Which is why it’s so important. The ideals of America make this explicit and stand in contrast to how many other nations were formed: we don’t look for people who look and believe like us in order to join in.

We want people who want the same goal and ideal.

And those people exist! Which I hope we remember when we’ve decided that zealots who demand loyalty over trust or competence need to be removed from power.

Because who will be left? Just. Us. And we won’t be loyal. We’ll just have trust each other.

To do the rebuild-a rebuilding that is going to require rebuilding trust, too. It would be exhilarating if the road to getting there wasn’t so terrifying.

The second pint goes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Common Ales: Ordinance Bloops

35552315835_38625c5746_kOrdinance Bloops is a blueberry wheat ale and now is probably a good time to review it.

The blueberry hits right off the nose. It’s fairly sweet too, almost like blueberry jam.

As I drink the beer though, I’m wondering if that sweetness isn’t due to the malt as well; this is a beer that is playing down the bitterness in order to highlight malt and fruit. The wheat aspects give the ale some body and I’m just wondering if the restrained hop character is making the sweeter aspect of the blueberry stronger than it might be otherwise.

Now, that all said I like this beer. I think as we get further into summer (or, uh, right now), this beer is going to become a great quencher of thirsts.

The other side; this beer doesn’t pair well, in my opinion. What do you eat with this? Traditional pub food isn’t going to mesh well. Salads, maybe. Pairing with food isn’t a requirement for a good beer-I think good beer is an argument for itself. However, as a common ale, one that people would buy to bring to a BBQ or picnic, this lack makes for a slightly harder sell.

The Bloops is still good; don’t worry about giving it to strangers, they will drink it. But I feel like the applications are a little limited.