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Wild American

In some ways, hops are the puritans of your beer.  Of European heritage, they are the bittering agent in your golden glory, preserving your beverage instead of your soul.  While hop varieties have certainly expanded in the last 100 years, most still have that puritanical thread running through their lineage.  Neomexicanus hops however, are purely … Continued


#ROOTCAM: Apples to Market

It goes without saying–a child changes everything.  After two years of trying to find a work/family life balance, I decided I needed to make a change and take a break from my 14-year career in social work.  I may return some day, but right now having more time with my family has been priceless; even … Continued


Highfalutin Afternoon

In a word, heavy.  There is a lot happening in the world right now that is downright weighty.  Stepping out for some air seems sensible.  Early this morning, as the sun was just starting its rise, I stood on my back porch to enjoy the new cold in the quiet of nearly dark.  It felt … Continued


Picking (for) a Fight

Every fall, La Salle High School picks a fight.  A fight with hunger in Washington state, that is.  The student body is rallied, mobilized and sent out into various orchards in the Yakima Valley with the sole purpose of picking fruit for donation to Northwest Harvest.  They call this their annual pick-a-thon.  While philanthropy is … Continued


The Soil, The Site, The Season

As I drive into the vineyard at dawn, I’m greeted by the crisp morning air and the delicious smell of concord grapes. The stacks and stacks of bins are patiently standing tall in anticipation of when they will be filled. This is it. It’s go time. This is the culmination of all our time and … Continued