Saturday, March 16, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Tree at night in fog

Tree at night in fog

Long exposure: a froggy, froggy night in Avondale Estates, Georgia, on 17 February 2019.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The 50 biggest breweries and craft breweries in the U.S.

On 12 March 2019, the [U.S.] Brewers Association released its annual lists of the top fifty biggest U.S. 'craft' beer companies and the top fifty biggest overall brewing companies in the U.S. ... both ranked based upon sales volumes.

The rankings do not mention the actual sales volume numbers. The BA will publish those in May 2019.

2018 Top 50 U.S Craft Brewing Companies (map)

Taking a quick look ...
  • The Nos. 1 through 4 'craft breweries are Yuengling, Sam Adams (Boston Beer), Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium.
  • Nos. 1 through 4 overall largest are Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (When did the conglomerate drop the full Anheuser-Busch InBev name?), MillerCoors, Constellation (Corona, etc.), and Heineken (Lagunitas, etc.). On that list, the highest position for a [U.S.] Brewers Association-approved 'craft' brewery is 6th, for Yuengling.
  • One Georgia 'craft' brewery is on the lists. SweetWater Brewing, of Atlanta, is at no. 14 on the 'craft' list and no. 23 overall. (YFGF is based in Georgia.)
  • Keep in mind that the BA does not define 'craft' beer.It does, however, define its membership as 'craft' breweries.
    An American craft brewer is a small and independent brewer.
    • Small Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to rules of alternating proprietorships.
    • Independent Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.
    • Brewer Has a TTB Brewer’s Notice and makes beer.

    It's interesting to note that, in this iteration of its definition, the BA's decades-old requirement of "traditional" is no longer in the triad, instead replaced by the anodyne, "makes beer."
2018 Top 50 U.S Overall Brewing Companies


Saturday, March 09, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: 'Lion's tooth' parachute

'Lion's tooth' parachute

Of yellow rosettes and white blowballs,
It's Taraxacum officinale-y.
You say weed; I say wildflower.
But it's dandelion, naturally.

Avondale Estates, Georgia.
2 March 2019.

Dandelions function as early-spring nectar sources for pollinators and as ruderal re-colonizers of compromised land. Taxonomically 'Taraxacum officianale, the dandelion's common name comes from the French, 'dent-de-lion,' meaning 'lion's tooth. Spare the RoundUp.


Saturday, March 02, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Upcoming brewery

Upcoming brewery?

A construction banner heralds a planned 'craft' brewery in Avondale Estates, Georgia. 17 February 2019.

Photo 9 of 52.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: High ceilings at Bluejacket

High ceilings at Bluejacket

The photo almost appears as if I had shot it in black-and-white, but not.

High ceilings and tall windows dramatically frame a re-purposed factory that, a century ago, produced boilers for Naval ships. In 2013, this historic Washington, D.C. boilermaker building was re-purposed ... as brewery/restaurant Bluejacket.

It's a beery blast-from-my-past: I last visited Bluejacket in 2014.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Riparian tree in winter

Riparian tree in winter

Roots stretched down the bank;
Arms twisted up, some yet frocked. 
Calm tenacity. 

Winter of 2018/2019, on Sugar Creek, in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia.


Saturday, February 09, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Dead end for tiny park

Dead end for tiny park

Lanier Gardens Park, Decatur, Georgia. 4 February 2019.

Not much of a park, at a fifth of a mile long and a few yards wide, and this ignominious end along the side of a road. Not quite a garden(s) either, unless a few shrubberies comprise such.

That being said, the bricked sidewalk and pleasant landscaping were suffused with the warm glow of a winter 'golden hour.'

As the late, great Hall of Famer Frank Robinson (1935-2019) once said:
When you come to the end of the road and it looks like there's an obstacle there to stop you, just take the time to look on the other side. There're better things there.

  • In this shot, I experimented, just a bit, with HDR (high dynamic range), a photographic look currently in vogue. Thus, after the fact, I brought the sky highlights 'down' while bringing the foreground shadows 'up.' That was not exactly what my camera 'saw,' but, as is the idea with HDR, it was more to what my eyes actually saw.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos taken (or noted) by me, posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • See the photo on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1. Lens: Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R (w/ wide converter).
  • Settings: 22 mm | 1/320 | ISO 200 | f/5.0
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Farewell, hydrangea

Farewell, hydrangea

Farewell, hydrangea,
Erstwhile companion.
Dead in winter,
Your corymbs tattered
Yet hanging on.

Atlanta (Edgewood), Georgia. 20 January 2019.


Friday, February 01, 2019

Happy Brewsters' Day!

Happy Brewsters' Day! (1 February)
I should like a great lake of ale, for the King of the Kings. I should like the family of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.
— Opening line of a poem attributed to Saint Brigid of Kildare

On 1 February, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Brigid of Kildare (c. 451 – 525 AD): a patron saint of brewers and one of three patron saints of Ireland (in league with Saints Patrick and Columba). Brigid herself was a brewer: one miracle attributed to her was turning (bath) water into beer, a gift she has since bequeathed to many brewsters and brewers alike (if without that spritz of sitz).
"Probably the best known Irish saint after Patrick is Saint Brigid (b. 457, d. 525). Known as 'the Mary of the Gael,' Brigid founded the monastery of Kildare, in Ireland. She was a generous, beer-loving woman, known for her spirituality, charity, and compassion.

Brigid worked in a leper colony which once found itself without beer. "For when the lepers she nursed implored her for beer, and there was none to be had, she changed the water, which was used for the bath, into an excellent beer, by the sheer strength of her blessing and dealt it out to the thirsty in plenty."

She also is reputed to have supplied beer out of one barrel to eighteen churches, which sufficed from Maundy Thursday [Holy Thursday] to the end of paschal time [52 days]. Obviously, this trait would endear her to many a beer-lover.
— Via the Brews Brothers: "Saints of Suds (When The Saints Go Malting In)."


Thursday, January 31, 2019

VeggieDag Thursday: Lynda's Mock 'Tuna' Salad Sandwich

In communion with the fine people of Ghent, Belgium, VeggieDag Thursday (DonderDag) is a series of occasional Thursday posts on an animal-free diet and the ecology. Today, the former.


Lynda's Mock 'Tuna' Salad Sandwich

  • 15 ounces canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, fork-smashed. (Save that aquafaba!)
  • 1 celery stalk, diced or grated
  • 2 tbsp dill pickle, diced
  • 1 spring onion (or ramp), diced
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vegan 'mayonnaise'
  • 1 tsp kelp powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp dry mustard powder
  • ½ tsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, or more to taste.
  • S&P, to taste
Assemble. Eat. Enjoy.

— Recipe via Lynda Howard
(with adaptations from Happy Herbivore).

VeggieDag Thursday


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Hexopus


Walking out of the store, the sun peeked out from the clouds and I took the shot. Really? The sun walked out of the store?

Illogically misplaced modifiers: a scourge of writers. (The second clause, a hackneyed idiom, I'll keep, though.)

But, indeed, a brief moment of bright sunlight, on an otherwise overcast day, did highlight this six-valve manifold with shadow and saturation. And just long enough for me to grab my camera. (Yes, I rarely leave home without it.)

Here's the same 'hexopus' but rendered monochrome and cropped Instagram-style.

Hexopus (02)

Both images: a circular 6-valve manifold (hexopus?), stationed on a brick wall outside of a big-box store, in Atlanta (Edgewood), Georgia, on 22 January 2019.


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Rust in the forest

Rust in the forest
I wish we could all have good luck, all the time. I wish we had wings.
I wish rainwater was beer. But it isn't. *

A rusting bucket sits abandoned in Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, Atlanta, Georgia. 9 January 2018.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: As Cascade Falls

As Cascade Falls

It's what you don't hear. Once the site of a Civil War battle, Utoy Creek's cascade now masks the sound of automobiles above: an urban aural illusion.

A long-exposure at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, in Atlanta (Cascade Heights), Georgia, on 9 January 2018.


Friday, January 11, 2019

Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Jones.

Casey Jones, owner of Fair Winds

It was sad news, yesterday evening, from Fair Winds Brewing in Lorton, Virginia.
It is with great sadness we inform you of the passing of Casey Jones, our owner and CEO. Casey’s vision, dedication, and commitment has been integral to our business from day one. He will be dearly missed.

We ask for privacy for his family and co-workers in this difficult time and will provide further information as it becomes available.

Mr. Jones, a veteran of the Coast Guard, opened Fair Winds in March, 2015. Only a few months later, he and the brewery team won their first medal —gold for saison at the Great American Beer Festival, no less.

Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Jones.

"May you always have fair winds and following seas."


Saturday, January 05, 2019

Pic(k) of the Week: Broken Windows

Broken windows

By documenting an unexpected (to the photographer and/or the observer) element in a larger picture, a photographer can create a visually incongruous juxtaposition. One might call that photographic irony. One might also state that any irony presupposes a photographer's prejudices. (One might also laugh at the hubris of anyone who calls themself a photographer.)

So ...

Broken windows, in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, on 28 December 2018.


52 Pic(k) Up in 2018.

Hummus and (strong) Lager

Since 29 August 2009, on four-hundred and eighty-four consecutive Saturdays, I have done this, here at YFGF:
Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos taken (or noted) by me, posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as the subject.

The photo above, of a beer and hummus, was the first I duly mentioned. Since then, a plurality of the selections has been of beer, breweries, brewers, and that ilk. Recently, however, that emphasis has evolved to more of a photographic bent, often now not necessarily of a "good fermentable."

Here's a quick look at how my selections have changed since three years ago, in 2015.

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The figures don't sum 52 per year, as a category may be a subset of another: such as breweries also under beer, food also under brewpub/brewery, etc. But the trend has unmistakenly been away from one of soley fermentables.

Arlington Crepuscule

Since 12 April 2012, beginning with "Arlington Crepuscule," I have also been uploading to Instagram. All above provisos apply.

But enough of this photographic solipsism. Here is a recapitulation of the fifty-two images I chose as Pic(k)s of the Week in 2018. Clicking on any of the thumbnails will get you to the image and its story.

Later today, Pic(k) of the Week refreshes for 2019. And so it goes.


Deepdene polypore (02) Graham Wheeler, homebrew guru, R.I.P. Good to the last drip Cask ale pourer
Shadows and light, angles and straight lines. A porter at the brewhouse Tree in winter's afternoon Blues through the balustrade
Krog Street swatch Pullman Yard (from the Pullman Trail) 02 Proper topper on St. Patrick's Day Blossoms, crimson & white 1990s Easter
Oldest (continuously operating) franchise in baseball! Spooky levitation Close encounter of the leonine kind Beer patio bijou
Sunday afternoon brewery patio-ing (02) Hydrangea blooms blue Bokeh rose Rocksteady Mild
Still life (at the moment). TKR Pilsner Rowboat ruin (02) Vista Grove Butterfly Bush Forgotten kicks
Butterfly & blossom A light in the forest YFGF's Evolution of Photography Dog koozie
Full moon; Mars perihelion opposition IPA at the beach Sunrise at St. Augustine Beach (03) The ArtLot arrow
Stone bridge 'keyhole' Maggie reclines Summer vegetable grilling Clouds on the hills (02) Pub prisms
Dahlia in black & white Whole Note Autumn magenta Hairy Potter
Bridge over Hardee Creek Fallen allée When it's apple time, down south in Georgia Pink grass (02)
Mist on the fen Krampus Christmas trees? Bird on a rail Lullwater weir (02) Midtown crepuscule