10 February 2010

February's Second Storm: Views From The Inside

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Our second February snow storm started Tuesday the 9th at 5pm and stopped, at least for now, around 7pm Wednesday. Lancaster Pennsylvania is a hushed winter wonderland. Highways, schools, and businesses (my work included) are closed and tomorrow is my birthday! Coincidence?! Who knows.

The backyard on Wednesday morning.

The backyard again. So rustic and majestic when covered with snow.

Obi and Gala keeping warm look like a heart.

Across what used to be called a street.

A porch, a plant, a plastic chair, and plenty of snow.

05 February 2010

RECOMMENDED VIEWING: Beer Wars

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During my second day of recovery on my back, I watched a great documentary called BEER WARS. It is the closest thing to a FOOD INC type movie for the United States beer industry.

Directed and guided by former Mike's Hard Lemondate head Anat Baron, with a quick summary of its history here the film moves onto detailing how it has changed through buy-outs, distribution channels and shut-outs, shelf space, independents (Dogfish Head, Stone, New Belgium, Moonshot, Yuengling...), conglomerations, and the film's arch-nemesis: Anheuser Busch. 

As you might guess, the film is skewed towards advocating independent, regional, and craft breweries but not without its own rational. Just so happens I generally agree. 

It is available now on DVD, through NetFlix streaming, and through the OnDemand feature for most of the big U.S. cable services. 

Check out the trailer:
 
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