OK, so it was the second brewery tour we have been on in as many weeks and once again we had the youngest member of the group with us. All these brew tours have me VERY nervous about my husband's plans for our basement. His eyes just keep getting bigger and bigger.
Yesterday we went to Old Dominion for their free Sunday afternoon tour of the brewery. Touted as the first microbrewery in the D.C. area, I was highly disappointed to realize that it was established in 1989. When you hear "first" or "oldest" microbrewery, you don't want to think 16 years ago. You want to imagine the founding fathers, belly up to a fermenter, checking specific gravity or whatever someone would do with a 100 gallon ferementer.
The tour had a bit of a Strange Brew feel to it. It was hilarity at it's best. You just kept waiting to hear a story about how the employees get to swim in beer on a hot day. Our tour guide was as friendly as can be, but his knowledge of the brewing process was a little light. It was OK, cause we kept getting to try beer.
Our friend Matt showed up halfway through the tour. Matt separated from his wife last year after she got herself an internet boyfriend and now he is back on the prowl. When I asked about his new girlfriend, he said that they had broken up again. He told me that in the 6 months they have been dating, they broke up about 3 times. I told him that this was not junior high and if you break up more than once and get back together again, that would be hooking up, not getting back together. Which is not a problem as long as you accept it for what it is.
So I asked him what precipitated this last breakup. He said that they had a conversation about their differences and she said that it bothered her that they did not have the same "world views." Well I would have to say that is a given since Matt is a republican and she could not be a more liberal democrat. When she asked him what bothered him about her, he answered (and I am not making this up), "it kind of bothers me that you don't drink beer."
Yes, folks, I think we all understand that this might not be one of those relationships that can stand the test of time.