I’ve recently learned a phenomenon about running that I’ve known for quite some time but I was unaware that it had a name. It’s called "two-stepping." The gist of the article here is that if you’re running (if you’re a runner – I’m leaving a lot of things open for interpretation here – if you’re not a runner you can just equate this to something that’s kind of like running to you – if you want – it might help the situation if your interpretation worked) with someone and they are running ahead of you, then you run faster in order to catch up with that other person. Subsequently, that other person will sense that they’ve lost the lead that they had on you and start running faster to get back those “two-steps.” Ultimately, you both end up exhausted and going much faster than the two of you had planned on or were comfortable going. The trick to this is to “race your pace.”  

I just thought of another analogy that might also be helpful. It’s called the “I can’t hear the bass (as in bass guitar – it’d be weird to try and listen to a flash (a fish)).”

 

When you’re in a band (now you’re a runner AND you’re a musician – we’ve got a lot in common) the best way to play as one is to be projected as one. That’s why a quality sound engineer is the extra member of the band. The analogy is this: the bass player is the one that is often under-heard. So, the bass player will start turning up the volume of their instrument in order to hear themselves. Well, the guitarist is listening to the bass get louder and louder and figures that they must need to turn up because the usual relativity of their two sounds is now off. So now you have a REALLY loud bass and a REALLY REALLY loud guitar. Well, with all of that noise, the drummer is going to have to play extra hard in order to not be drowned out. And, we all know that the drummer is the last person who should be allowed to play as loud as their little heart’s desire.

 

I have no idea where I’m going with this. I hope there’s something in those two (three, technically) paragraphs that resonate with you in some way, shape, form.

 

Basically, all I had to tell you this week is that we’re doing an event NEXT TUESDAY (December 9th) for the workers at Fairpoint throughout New England who are on strike, demanding a fair contract for their skilled and valuable work. Thus far, management has refused to sit down to bargain in good faith.  We're donating 10% of sales from the bar for the day to the worker's strike fund, which goes to directly aid the workers and their families as they seek a dignified and livable workplace. You can learn more at: http://fairnessatfairpoint.com.

 

Now for the beer!

 

This week you may notice these lovely specimens available for your enjoyment:

 

Hill Farmstead Everett: without argue (I’m not even going to hear it) the best American Porter in the history of the world ever.

 

Lagunitas Sucks: I love being able to refer to Primus in my daily life. This is a really beautiful double IPA from our friends in California.

 

Maine Beer Co. Peeper: We like this American Pale Ale from our friends over in Maine. It’s crispness is what we like. And, we like the hops. And, the malt. And, we think you’ll agree because we’re going to make you agree.

 

Urban Farm Fermentory Ginger Kombucha: We really like this article (I’ve made my quota to use the word “article” twice in two different formats) from our friends who also live in Maine. In all seriousness, it’s really good. I’m going to go out on a limb here (which tree?) and say that I would drink this over beer, specifically this version.

 

Cuvee Des Jacobin Rouge: it’s been a while since we’ve had this friend from Belgium, so we thought we’d invite them over for a quick visit. They can’t stay long which is kind of like how we like our guests (totally kidding).

 

 

That’s about it for this week, friends. I swear to be funny next week.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

JJ Taproom