I've been to Franconia before with Rhett and Stace; it was a few years ago and I think there was 25 or so of us on the tour. Dennis (the Creator, Developer, Owner and Brew Master) is a passionate speaker and clearly loves the process to make the best beer. When I heard how emphatically he believes in quality control of the beer, I was all the more impressed. Like I said, that was about two years ago. Oh, how things change.
First, I got horrendously lost. I drove 10 miles out of the way on the 75 North, getting stuck in construction going 3 miles an hour; so I had to turn around and go back. Then, I went the right way on 380 but not far enough and was confused and turned around, driving 15 miles in the wrong direction. Somewhere around this point my phone died and I cursed bloody hell. I really regretted not taking the GPS out of the truck, or my phone charger from my other bag... both things that the Hubster had triple asked me before I left that I should grab.
Eventually, I figured it out and made it to Franconia. I was only 35 minutes late but there was still a massive line out the door. What the what?? Apparently, everyone aged 25 - 45 in the metropolis decided to visit today! And not only that, 99% of them were Hipsters.
HIPSTERS? Ohmygodyouhavegottobekiddingme! Here is just an assortment of the Hipster/DBaggery that was on display:
- Mutton chops
- Facial hair "art"
- Circa 1980's mustaches
- Layered shirts, vests and jackets
- Hand knitted scarfs, artfully draped
- Two tone hair
- Thick, black glasses
- Questionable hygiene
- Wearing a knitted soft hat
- Tie pins and tweed
- Unevenly chopped hair
- Leather messenger bags
- Ironic t-shirts Quasi-Steampunkers without irony
- Pocket watches
- Vans and Chuck Taylors
So here's the music for Monday... Hipster Disney Princess.
What else makes a Hipster? Some thought starters:
- Raising chickens for fresh eggs
- Raising goats to make goat cheese
- Use of Tom's toothpaste
- Playing a banjo
- Calls their hat a "chapeau"
- Refuses to listen to "pop" music
- Can ride a unicycle
- Makes tea by straining leaves through a proper strainer
- Owns multiple bottles of various whiskies
- Calls anything artisanal or says they are an artisan
- Only owns vinyl records