A shared perspective here at Delta Beer Lab sums up the entire mission of the 48 Beer Project in only two words—”Crafting Change”.
In the midst of an (seemingly) escalating divide in our American community—much of it being media-driven, of course, but no matter the source of contention, folks are taking sides, even in the most non-applicable circumstances, and with fierce commitment—a political piousness—forming very narrow opinions, void of peripheral view, a lens that lacks any attempt of empathy.
I could veer down some paths of conspiracy, and I’m always happy to do so, but here I will acknowledge only what we have in front of us.
Humanity is GOOD.
LIKE IT OR NOT, PEOPLE ARE GOOD. COLOR | SEX | GENDER | RACE | SPIRITUAL/SCIENTIFIC BELIEFS | AGE | CLASS | EDUCATION | SO ON—— WE ARE ALL JUST FUCKING PEOPLE.
The craft beer industry is far from perfect, so please don’t mistake my words for some unrealistic glorification of this industry or the folks who keep its parts greased. HOWEVER, and I’ve touched on this in past blog posts, what craft has done for community, and this nation at large, is take a beloved beverage and craft with it a positive space for ALL people to share in a common passion. Taprooms are havens for all. Gay, straight, religious, non-religious, the political left/right/middle/none, families, retirees, all of us ethnic mutts and those who are somehow still “pure-bred”, rich, poor, college students, etc. And what a statement- HAVENS for all within the imaginary borders of this country—-in a time when many more are seeking, simply, the basic life necessities, and violently denied.
The point I make here is this, YES, there is currently, always has been, and always will be defined lines that keep our human family separated into groups…categories…keep us divided. BUT, let us please not just constantly mourn this, but celebrate the efforts of those who attempt to provide sense of community, of safety and love. I believe, through a lifetime of social observation, interviews, conversation, etc., that there is FAR MORE GOOD in this country in the world, and the negativity will always try to take the spotlight, but sometimes it is in the shadows that our light truly shines.