July 2, 2013

Craft Chat | Celebrate Craft Independence: Drink In The History

Today, July 2nd, marks the anniversary of the severing of ties with Great Britain by the Continental Congress. The action would result in the signing and ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th in Philadelphia. Independence Day is a holiday that we are all familiar with... or are we? I think we know the facts but we've missed some of the sentiment. It's a topic I covered for a small piece in the Four Peaks Brewsletter on local beer for the Fourth.

Instead of suggesting beers to drink on the holiday, I ask readers to make a connection with the optimism and struggle of the signers and compare it to the craft brewers in the state as they pursue their vision. I quote John Adams. By sheer chance over the weekend, 60 minutes replayed a segment with author/historian David McCullough on the signing and mentions the very Adams quote that I referenced:
I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversry Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shows, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. 

The conclusion of the piece asks that you know your history and reflect upon it in your own life. In the case of Arizona breweries, "Drink it in".
You can read it here.

By way of further coincidence, I was in Philly for the 35th Annual Homebrewers Conference last week.

The Brewsletter post is the first of a series where local bloggers are asked to contribute. It's going to be exciting to see writing from local beer writers. The Brewsletter can offer a wider audience to their opinions and bolster a community of bloggers that is so needed right now. Please take a moment to read and follow the writers each month.


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