Beers with a Stoic: “Pardon the (fermentation) interruption”
This column appeared under the “Hip Hops” rubric at Food & Dining Magazine on 23 January 2024. Head on over to F&D to read it. Hip Hops: Pardon the (fermentation) interruption Granite City’s shtick works like this: The company brews beer centrally (in Ellsworth, Iowa) but leaves the batch hanging in mid-Bock (or IPA, Hefeweizen, etc.) After the boil, the unfermented wort is cooled and transferred to refrigerated trucks, to be transported to the 16 individual Granite City outlets (down from a pre-pandemic peak of 35 or so) for pumping into their on-site fermenters. Yeast is pitched, and the beer is fermented, matured, filtered and served. Voila! Locally brewed beer! Beers with a Stoic closes a circle that dates to 1978, when my first college class was “Intro to Philosophy.” Later, philosophy and history were my major and minor, respectively. Stoicism comes to us from ancient Greece, positing that to embrace the virtues of ...Read more