Inching towards the finish line on 2011, a year I'll be glad to have in the rearview mirror. I'm an optimist, so I'm confident 2012 will be much better on many different fronts. Right? I mean, who expects the future to be worse? The future is undefined, so we're allowed to paint whatever picture we choose. I'm choosing to paint a sunny picture with balloons and puppy dogs. Maybe even ice cream.
Enough with the painting! I suck at art.
Today's beer is another local product. Nice, refreshing hop taste without going overboard, and a rich amber color on this American Pale Ale. Definitely will be drinking this again. This beer is brewed in partnership with Greensgrow Farm, a leader in urban farming and education. This urban garden is just a few blocks away from the brewery in Northeast Philadelphia - nice job making sustainable farming and brewing a reality. The Philadelphia Brewing Co. brewery building dates back to 1885, when Weisbrod & Hess Oriental Brewing Company set up shop. The brewery was closed 1939, and beer wasn't brewed on site again until PBC took over in 2001. A relative newcomer on the scene, they also churn out solid offerings like Walt Wit, Rowhouse Red, and Newbold IPA. Definitely worth a try.
Thing to Think About Today:
Most of my teenage years were spent in the 90's. Which means in addition to my love of 80's comedies, I was also a huge fan of gangsta rap. N.W.A. was a revelation; something completely different and unusual, even when compared to other rap music. Although I had nothing in common with Cube, Dre, Ren, and Eazy, their music spoke to me anyway. The minute I saw this beer, I thought of Boyz N The Hood, both the Eazy-E song and the John Singleton movie. The iPod is rocking tonight, so I'll leave you with this combination of gangsta rap and what appears to be a typical day on the Main Line in this legendary Dynamite Hack cover:
"Little did he know I had a loaded 12 gauge/One sucker dead, LA Times front page."