Herein lies a fable of microbrewing in the great Pacific Northwest, possibly the creative brewing capital of the Known Universe. It’s a 9,200+ word story that brews up treachery, deceit, bitterness, passion, absinthe, flatulence, bouncing breasts, true names and true love in thoroughly unequal parts. Talk about story alchemy! Oh, and not to forget Orcas Island, Rosario and Doe Bay: very important places in this story. And don't forget memorable characters, including Simon Sideways, a true nonesuch with a most enviable talent.
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Steve Ellison is a real life master brewer. He’s also related to me by birth: his. Originally written as a birthday present, the Bittah Blue tale was inspired by the award-winning brews he created as a home brewer before he started brewing for pay in several of the Northwest’s excellent brewpubs. I confess that I have become a brew snob, thanks to what I’ve learned from Steve…and my tastebuds. This story — a fable, I suppose — can be seen as a small fictional tribute to all the people who have helped make the quaffing of brews such a delightful, diverse and ever-changing experience these days.
The only thing about the story that I guarantee is real is the cover: I know this because I designed it myself. The image of the copper brewing vat in the background is also real; it’s at the Sapporo brewery in Hokkaido, Japan. Designer/photographer Brodie Karel took that sumptuous picture and was generous enough to let me use it.
I freely confess that I’m not a brewer myself; I’m only a humble appreciator. So I apologize in advance for any technical gaffes readers who are brewers might discover. Feel free to email me with your thoughts and suggestions. There's even more Bittah Blue frippery on my blog.
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