The brewery’s been crawling with contractors these past weeks. They’re some of the same ones who regularly repair to our drafty environs after a days’ work performed elsewhere; now they’re repairing our drafty environs and then walking twenty feet from labor to leisure. And actually I was just being cute: they aren’t repairing the brewery, they’re improving it. As the 21st Century eases into its 13th birthday, Asheville’s second-oldest brewery is acquiring the zeitgeist.

Because we love and fear Mrs. Nature and heed the President’s call and believe that enlightened self-interest  goes hand in hand with collective gain, we’ve taken to behaving like plants and pagans. We’re going solar, y’all. We’re abandoning ourselves to the life-giving wavelengths of a sustained thermonuclear reaction 109-times the size of Earth.

Here’s three quotes by Englishmen to commemorate the occasion:

“Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving/and revolving at 900 miles an hour,/that’s orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it’s reckoned,/a sun that is the source of all our power.” – Eric Idle

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?” – David Mitchell

“Here comes the sun.” – George Harrison

The four panels we’ve had installed so far are a small start, an initial 4-kilowatt investment in what ultimately is projected to be an all-the-roof-wide project that sees the Brewery returning a prodigious amount of energy back into the local pipeline.  We are almost impossibly small creatures on an impossibly massive wave, but every day the sun provides us a chance to contribute what we can to global health, and if enough of us chip in, nothing is unattainable.

Look how blue the sky is above our barn.


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