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Natty Greene’s Flintlock Double IPA The Beer of Apology and Contrition

This week’s beer is Natty Greene’s Flintlock Double IPA—A straight shooting, hold-your-ground kind of brew—exactly what one should expect of a brewery whose namesake fought so hard in our nifty little War of Independence. I admit I have been unfairly dismissive of this brewery in my past. While the hopheads among us can be particularly hard to please, we should not be hard-headed. We should always be willing to reverse a viewpoint and sing Yankee Doodle Dandy for a job well done. And since craft brewing has truly been an American Revolution, this particular ale deserves a medal. For me, this beer is an outstanding double and will now always serve as the reminder that I should be willing to admit defeat and drink to second chances.

September 14, 2013—This has been one of those extremely productive weeks— a week that by all other measures should not have been particularly enjoyable or rewarding. Indeed, almost all the progress made and obstacles overcome were achieved solely through the determination to laugh in the face of adversity, of both the expected variety and the completely unanticipated. If, in practice and principle, the very nature of this site is the intersection of mood, music and beer, it should follow then that we believe that the beer and the music you like is the beer and music that is good for you. Furthermore, there is nothing better for you than a good mood: at work or at play, you should always choose a positive mindset, one that opens you up to the possibility that you can even be wrong sometimes.

We believe wholeheartedly in good moods—we don’t drink what we don’t like, we don’t listen to what we don’t like and we most assuredly don’t want to waste time with negative emotions like anger and sadness, pettiness, sloth, greed, avarice, et al. Positive, good moods are the foundation upon which all good things are based. We have no room for haters, but definitely revel in opposing viewpoints and revolutionary thought, all taken in good free-spirited sharing.

I am loathe to be too effusive in my praise for anything, but today it can only be serendipitous, then, that a brewery for whom I have had faint praise in the past has served me a tremendous portion of humble pie—A wonderfully bitter sixteen ounce portion. Today, I opted for the Flintlock Double IPA, a bold and bitter salute to the American style of India Pale Ale. How ironic that the original, more mild style was formulated to survive the voyage to India in order to quench the thirst of the Queen&;s Soldiers serving the British Raj. Oh, how we yanks like to tinker with other’s ideas. …

While breweries who do hops well are becoming more common in North Carolina, it’s important that we at the beer playlist don’t judge a brewery solely on IBU. Perhaps, it’s more important to remember that a brewery is a business that has to sell across a broad spectrum of tastes. I used to dismiss Natty Greene’s a tad because their primary offerings weren’t as bold or adventurous as I tend to like. This was faulty reasoning on my part, not to mention the fact that I applied the bias inconsistently from brewery to brewery. One can’t like every brewery or every ale they offer, but certainly there has to be a willingness to appreciate the variety of styles on tap, regardless of whether they are seasonal, year-round, or experimental/special offerings.

In my older wiser years I have always been willing to reverse an opinion, to stand corrected, and without reservation, to apologize for any offense I may have purposefully or inadvertently committed. To Natty Greene’s: I apologize and have purchased a variety pack of your amber, Pale Ale and IPA. For my playlists, however, I offer no apology—they are usually pedestrian, twisted and disjointed, BUT, they affect my moods in that they keep my spirits soaring and my productivity high.

So here’s my playlist, unapologetically offered, as the one that kept me moving this week.

Cheers.

The Playlist

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    As with beer, sometimes you just like a song or the way a singer sings it. I have always liked the Nanci Griffith version better than the Bette Midler rendition.
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    Does it seem odd that I think of this as bouncy and uplifting?
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    I have loved this tune ever since I heard it on the Fiat Abarth TV commercial. Gritty, sexy and raw.
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    I just dig this tune. Which usually explains most songs in my playlists.
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    Mos Def and Talib Kweli. ‘Nuff said…
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    A soccer teammate turned me onto these guys. Garage Rock Revivalists from Glasgow, Scotland.
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    More upbeat UK sounds by the band who brought you the tune “there she goes”.
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    Love this English hip hop project. London-based, Birmingham born rapper Mike Skinner just makes me laugh with this tune.
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    Described as a funk and jazz jam band, but you might be hard pressed to label them after sampling some tunes.
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    Forget the twerking and all the media coverage, this song is a great bubblegum tune and I always feel bad for folks who can’t stand sugary-sweet pop.
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    Makes you want to ask the tall blonde in the mini skirt to dance. And it features Q-Tip!
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    Gotta keep the Q-Tip thing going with this thumper. I once drew the ire of a bar manager because I played it too many times.