Beer Review: Long Trail Blackberry Wheat

Because I can’t get enough of fruit-flavored wheat beers.

Beer: Blackbeary Wheat
Brewer:  Long Trail Brewing Co.
Source: 12 fl. oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.9 of 10)

Unlike the apricot beer the blackberry aroma and flavor are not overpowering, in fact the scent is a bit sickly sweet.  But the taste is smooth and refreshing.  Mmm…

Beer Review: Sea Dog Brewing Co. Apricot Wheat Beer

A gift from the ever generous Craig. I didn’t even have to trade him wood & sheep for his wheat.

Beer: Apricot Wheat Beer
Brewer: Sea Dog Brewing Co.
Source: 12 fl. oz bottle
Rating: ** (6.9 of 10)

The label says apricot and when you open it you can smell APRICOT!  And when you sip it you can taste APRICOT!!!  And it is good, sweet and tart with all the qualities of a good wheat beer.  I like it.

Crosswalk Sting

The Boston Herald reports on a police sting operation in a crosswalk in Boston’s South End. A female police officer with a baby carriage crossed the street to see if anyone would stop. Over the four days of the operation, 214 motorists did not stop and they were all slapped with $200 fines. As a regular walker/bicyclist I’m pleased to see the Boston Police making this effort as auto-centric attitudes and urban design often make “America’s Walking City” unfriendly and unsafe for pedestrians. I’ve long thought that if Boston and Cambridge wanted to fill the city coffers then they should station cops at the ends of the Lars Andersen Bridge and collect fines on the many moving violations that happen there daily.

Reactions on the blogosphere range from outright joy and approval to the opposing view of the typical, selfish motorist who prefers to blame the victims of car culture. Now I don’t favor pedestrians stepping out in front of cars when the motorist has right of way (or for that matter bicyclists who run lights and ride on the wrong side of the street) but the fact is that the deck is stacked against the pedestrian. My philosophy is that the roads should be made safe and accessible and shared by all types of users with preference toward none.

Safe places to cross the street are rare and even when there is a stop sign or a traffic light motorists will still plow through. Until recently, for example, a long stretch of North Harvard Street in Allston had no crosswalks for nearly half a mile. In these circumstances it is a necessary act of civil disobedience to jaywalk. If tables were turned and cars had to go a long way out of their way to cross a pedestrian walkway, motorists would not stand for it so why should pedestrians stand for this situation?