One of the towns before Ukiah is Hopland, and as we passed through, I remembered that I took some folks up to the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company last week for a brewery tour and lunch. On the tour I learned that beer has four ingredients--water, yeast, barley, and hops. They took us into the hops room and let us play with the hops for a bit. It was a really great tour and we had a delicious lunch in the brewery restaurant.
Here are some hops for you to ponder. Next time you drink a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, rest easy, because I washed my hands first.
The Doobie Brothers got me through the first paragraph, and now I am listening to the Decemberists' album Hazards of Love. One of the things that changed for me last year was that I am now listening to way more music than I have in a long time, much of it new. There is so much great music being made these days, but not a lot of people hear it, because it is not played on commercial radio. This album isn't new, but it was a group I discovered this year. If I can manage to keep writing here, and I hope I can, I will probably write about what I am listening to more.