2012, Or, as we say on the glorious streets of fine beverage, the Year of the Mutineer, which should be noted is based on a proprietary calendar created by myself in which every year is inherently the “Year of the Mutineer”.
Like always, the year begins with a two and a half day hangover brought on by the enthusiasm for a fresh start in the proverbial sense, and I hope your festivities served you well. The cosmic significance of a new year is not to be underestimated, and as your fine beverage attorney I strongly recommend creating some New Year’s resolutions to set yourself up for a year of respectable drinking and favorable liquid karma.
As drinking evangelists of the highest order, you should expand your palate in every conceivable way and embark on delicious adventures to the beverage regions and producers that are the temples and gods of your liquid religion. Learn new cocktails, read more drink books and seek out more tastings and events. Yes, the time is now to bask in the sunshine of the modern drink experience and soak it in for all it’s worth.
Fine beverage culture in the year 2012 is looking like it is primed for great things. We find ourselves in the heart of a magnificent drink movement that is equal parts renaissance and revolution, and the momentum only continues to build with absolutely no idea how deep the rabbit hole goes.
“There was madness in any direction, at any hour.. You could strike sparks anywhere. There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning… And that, I think, was the handle – that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn’t need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting – on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave …” – Hunter S. Thompson
Alan Kropf, Editor in Chief