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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Children In Breweries And Questions Formed

So this past Saturday, I had a little time to kill and decided to stop by a couple of breweries to try some new beers and grab a bite to eat, nothing too surprising and not something that I have done many times before. But this time was a little different as I watched what was being displayed.

Over the last few months, I have seen and read various pieces around whether children or pets should be allowed at breweries. This has never been a real issue for me, as I have seen people bring their dogs who in my situations have always been well behaved. I have also seen some people with children who have also tended to be well behaved, but as I mentioned today was a little different.

So as I am sitting at my table starting to eat and drink while checking some beer sites, updating the YouTube channel and doing some other various things, all of a sudden I just hear the yelling of two children running back and forth. Now at this point, they aren't near me, but that was soon to change. They are kids being kids, probably around 3-year olds or younger and just doing what kids do.

However, as they ran back and forth screaming and chasing each other, I decided to watch the mother of one of them as to how she reacts to all of this. How do I know she is the mother of only one? This is because she pulls up the other child's mother on her cell phone almost next to me to where the kids have been running at this time, so now it's not just the kids but the one mother thinking she is in her own space not realizing others around her.

But as I watched, I had various questions enter my mind. What happens if one of these kids somehow fell and hurt themselves, who would be responsible? What if I had plugged in my computer which would have been into a wall outlet and across where they were running. If something happened then who would be responsible if they were to trip? Or if the computer was knocked off the table, the cost of replacing it? What was going through the mother's mind to think it was okay to let kids just run through a brewery?

 Of Tykes and Taprooms: Do Kids Belong in Breweries?
Of Tykes And Taprooms: Do Kids Belong In Taprooms? Credit: Beer Advocate
At one point, I thought to ask them about their children running around but was more curious to what was taken place even as I looked right at the mom like, these are your kids, shouldn't you be managing them? But then a funny thing happened, the what I assume was the grandmother who would later be followed by the grandfather, started to try to corral the children. They started to try to limit how far they would go, but you know, they're kids and like many of us when young we tested boundaries. But, I did appreciate the attempt which was more than the one mother that was there.

All in all, it wasn't a terrible thing in the large scheme of everything but it did raise the questions I mentioned plus others. If parents bring children to a brewery then should they be required to manage and keep them within a certain area? Also, is it really a good environment for little children to be in what can usually be an adult heavy area where who knows what may happen or be said? You wouldn't expect little children in bars, but somehow, breweries have tended to become okay.

And I'm not saying people with children shouldn't' be able to go out and have fun at breweries as well, but I would just think there should be a more responsible factor in manage children if you bring them. What do you think?

Like I said, in the end it tended to work out fine, Although, once I finished eating and drinking my flight, I went to my second brewery had a flight there and also purchased more beer to take home, and ultimately, shot a nice video for the YouTube channel since it was much more peaceful even though more crowded but sans children. What are your thoughts on the matter?

And, check out the video below of me sampling some solid brews at the second brewery, Cheers!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Urban Artifact Press Release: Night Market -- Retailer Appreciation Program Release

Introducing our newest Retailer Appreciation Beer

Night Market

Beer Stats
Beer Name:  Night Market
Beer Style:  Midwest Fruit Tart
Fruit(s) used:  Mangosteens & Bananas
ABV:  9.5%
IBU: 15
To show our gratitude for our partners, we are releasing the next beer in our Retailer Appreciation Program.  Night Market is a bright and refreshing beer to finish off summer with, featuring notes of banana and various tropical fruits - this beer is the perfect drink for a late summer afternoon!  As part of our Retailer Appreciation Program, this beer will be featured exclusively at retail locations in draft and cans, meaning that none of this beer will see the UA taproom.  We hope that you enjoy this beer as much as we have, and continue to enjoy our products for years to come!
Mangosteen vs. Mangoes
*Mangosteens and mangoes are very different fruits and only share a commonplace of origin 
With the release of Night Market, we wanted to share some of the differences between mangosteens and mangoes! Here are some facts about mangosteens:
  • Native to Southeast Asia
  • Taste like a mixture of lychee, peach, strawberry, and pineapple
  • Need an annual rainfall of at least 50in
  • Need temperatures between 50℉-100℉ to grow
  • It takes between 7-15 years for a mangosteen tree to start producing fruit
  • The national fruit of Thailand 
With the release of Night Market, we wanted to share some of the differences between mangosteens and mangoes! Here are some quick facts about mangoes:
  • A juicy, stone fruit
  • Are native to Southeast Asia
  • The national fruit of India and Pakistan
  • Cultivated in India as early as 2000 BC
  • Related to cashews and pistachios
  • Their trees can grow up to 131ft tall
  • Have trees that are still producing fruit after 300 years
  • Take anywhere from 3-6 months to ripen
About Urban Artifact
 Urban Artifact is a brewery in Ohio that produces only sour beer with a focus on real fruit and ingredients. Located in the heart of the city with a taproom, full bar, and live music venue, in the historic St. Patrick’s Church in Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood. Urban Artifact opened their doors with their first beers and music shows in April 2015. Urban Artifact’s beers are inspired by their culture and community, and by the microscopic natural world around us.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

What I Enjoy About The Craft Beer Community

There are many things to enjoy about the craft beer community, from the wild variety of great tasting beers, the what seems to be unlimited access to them as more and more breweries launch and increase distribution, to just the fun and general camaraderie of it all. And that's the part that I would I say I have enjoyed the most.

This past weekend I was able to connect with the guys from my Beer Flow show that we run on my YouTube channel on Thursday evenings at 9:15 pm eastern each week.

It is through the beer world that we were all able to meet and forge some great friendships and even though this was our first time meeting in person, except for Todd and I which was our second, to an outside person it would seem we knew each other for years...fact is we have, but just not in person.

Some people have said online friendships aren't real and they're not the same as being in-person. But I could easily say some real friendships met offline in person could be the same way as well, as some may not be true friends. And in a way, some may be more relaxed online than off, regardless, our coming together was a good thing and no doubt real. And it wasn't just with us, other beer friends have done the same from around the country and the results seem to always be great and all from just our love of beer.

Different backgrounds all coming together around one thing that has helped to broaden horizons and introduce people that may have never met previously, that's just awesome to me.

Getting to meet Joe, Eric, and Todd, along with Joe's dad, Average Pop well really Jack but Average Pop to us, after doing 70+ episodes of YouTube shows and not to mention other YouTube and Facebook things was a capper to all that has been built thus far. It is something that I look forward to doing again not only with these guys but with others as well. The beer community isn't perfect, but it's got a lot of good things going for it, and camaraderie is on that list.

Check out one of our brewery visits here, and visit the YouTube channel to see more...and now Go Out And Get Your Beer On with some friends preferably.

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