We spent the afternoon in glorious, 75° F weather, at the Appomattox Oyster & Seafood Festival http://appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org/oyster%20festival.htm , a stone’s throw from the famous Civil War battlefield, put on by the Appomattox Historical Society. Yes… I get the irony of the idea of a seafood fest in a landlocked, foothills region.
We had a great time, as usual. And enjoyed the local “flavor” of the event. The Appomattox Historical Society puts on a variety of events every year. Many of them surrounding the budding alcoholic industry in the region. An annual wine festival, highlighting local and regional winerys. An annual Moonshine Fest, featuring local distilleries. The (now) annual Oyster Fest… Featuring seafood and lots of booze (wineries, distilleries, breweries, and the like). The only thing missing for a local booze hound is a Brew Fest.
At this particular event, Maria and I stumbled upon a tasting tent for Silverback Distillery in Nelson County, Afton, VA. Maria has never been a “Whiskey Girl” but, she enjoyed, a lot, the Blackback Honey Rye.
Now… as for myself, I am a Rye Whiskey enthusiast. And I enjoyed the Blackback, Lucky 13 Rye. A lot. It may become a regular alternate to my favored, Templeton Rye.
In any case… I spent some time cruising around the interwebz for information surrounding Silverback. And, found a local company I really like. In an industry that is hamstrung, as is brewing, by Big Beer and Big Licquor, through lobbying legislators to cripple small business via legislating State alcohol distribution laws. Frankly, alcohol distribution and regulation is disgusting and corrupt. And, goes back to the first, post-Constitution, unconstitutional governement actions. Read up on the Whiskey Rebellion during Washington’s administration. If you’re not already aware of that historical nugget, you’ll have an eye opening experience that will begin to shed some light on my general dislike and distrust of government generally and federals specifically. Badges are not welcome at the Yeoman Freehold. Below is a promotional video for Silverback:
So… to make a long, rambling story as short as possible… Support your local brewers and distillers. Enjoy their wares. If you don’t drink whiskey… start. If you are a reader of the Yeoman Journal, move to central Virginia… our porches are too far apart.
Here are a couple pics from the event.
This post is simply promoting a friend’s work and encouraging those of you who “want to do something” to start with a reading of Kit Perez’s and Claire Wolfe’s new book, ‘Basics of Resistance’.
I have not read the final version but, I was privy to the advanced copy… for purposes of review, critique, and vetting for accuracy. By my estimation, it is a solid primer of resistance theory and technique in a world gone nuts. Bear in mind that there is a distinction between “revolution” and “resistance”… although, many times that distinction gets a little fuzzy.
Kit and Claire are both solid folks (although on slightly different ends of the socio-political spectrum) and have done a nice job in this volume. If you look at the world around you and think that something ought to be done, start with acquiring and reading this book and following the Patrick Henry Society blog. Your inner activist will be glad you did.
The long-awaited day is here–and believe me, it’s REALLY long-awaited for Claire and I. The book is finished, it’s live on Amazon a bit early, and it’s available for pre-order right now. it’s called Basics of Resistance, and it’s the first of what we hope will be several books in The Practical Freedomista series. If you want…