These are the words, images, and beers that inspired the GBH collective this week. Drinking alone just got better, because now you're drinking with all of us.
READ. // "Even Case Logic itself seems to have mostly given up on the beasts, these days favoring svelte camera and tablet bags." This thoughtful, wide-open piece covers family, mountains, vans, interstates and, yes, even compact disc binders.
LOOK. // “It’s not like the club. The coolest people aren’t in the corner. They’re skating.” More than 600 people show up for Adult Skate Night every week at Cascade Fun Center here in Atlanta. This photo gallery depicts a dozen or so of them.
DRINK. // Good Word Brewing & Public House's Tatonka Stout
This brand new ATL-area brewpub is made up of beer veterans from local and legendary watering hole, Brick Store Pub. Located in Duluth (a suburb half an hour northeast of the city), they're making some damn consistent beers. This creamy, humble Coffee Stout gives me more cinnamon than java on the palate, and is a perfectly reasonable 5.5% ABV. Tasteful and tasty.
READ. // "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now joins the ranks of Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Columbine, and too many other sites of American carnage. What do these shootings have in common? Guns, yes. But also, boys. Girls aren’t pulling the triggers. It’s boys. It’s almost always boys." Michael Ian Black discusses how the lack of a diverse and evolving definition of "masculinity" may be contributing to violence in America.
LOOK. // In the aftermath of Uppers & Downers, I took a mini staycation here in Chicago—a chance to relax and recenter after an insane few months. I'm staying at Longman & Eagle, and there's an installation in my room by local artist Stephen Eichhorn, who is well-known for his botanical collages. Last year, he put out a book called Cats and Plants. Combining two of my very favorite things, it's unfortunately out of print, but you can check out some of the amazing images on Eichhorn's site.
DRINK. // Hopewell Brewing Co.'s Side Salad
I've been lucky to make it into Hopewell several times over the past month or so. Each time, I order Side Salad, their Grisette fermented with Belgian and wild Brettanomyces yeast strains. It's light and dry, and immensely drinkable. At Uppers & Downers this past weekend, I tried the cascara—the dried skin of the coffee cherry—version and fell in love. In addition to a gorgeous pinkish hue, it had a cool, tea-like quality.
READ. // "Do they ever go out for milkshakes, and Maya has some of Paul’s and says 'Hey Paul, I drink your milkshake!' and then they both laugh about it?" Paul Thomas Anderson is one of my favorite filmmakers and Maya Rudolph is, in my estimation, one of the most genuinely funny people on the planet. This delightful little ditty from Anna Silman has me reconsidering the intricacies of their relationship.
LOOK. // Dieter Rams, the famed designer behind Braun and Vitsœ, has, perhaps more than any one other human, shaped Earth's collective modern aesthetic. He finally gets the documentary film treatment he deserves from Gary Hustwit, the mastermind of previous design films Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized. Oh, and Brian Eno is handling the soundtrack. Excited to see hows Rams' ethos of Less Is Better gets interpreted by these two other geniuses.
DRINK. // Friesisches Brauhaus zu Jever Pilsener
After last weekend's fan-fucking-tastic Upper & Downers, the thing I wanted most in this world was a Pilsner. More specifically, one without coffee in it. (I needed to sleep at some point, geez.) Consummate dude and fellow GBHer Mark Spence provided. Not only did he get a tall glass of Jever in front of me (in a dive bar, nonetheless!), I got to witness an unbelievable scuffle and ensuing police visitation at said dive bar.
The GBH Collective