2 Northwest Brewing News • February/March 2018 By Aaron Brussat Rock out with your bock out! I hear music everywhere I go; it’s in my head. It’s probably in yours, too. Sometimes it gets stuck. Sometimes we have a hard time remembering exactly what it sounds like, or who made it. The parallels between being a homebrewer, beer salesperson, beer judge and beer writer to being a musi-cian, [former] book and record store clerk, and sound designer are not lost on me. These endeavors are, for the vast majority of practitioners, creative at the start. A spark ignites a fire; fire travels wildly if uninhibited, and leads to unexpected conclusions. Creativity is the act of “falling into,” a letting-go and acceptance of the flow. Hard science may follow. As a tune’s sound wave profile can be broken down into raw data, so too can beer ultimately be reduced to numbers. Thankfully for our slightly evolved animal brains, the pleasure centers don’t require raw data to have fun and appreciate the chemical contribution of a good song or beer to our enjoyment of life. D.J. Paul connected with a bunch of people who have the privilege of creat-ing both music and beer in their daily lives, and gives us a perspective on how the two are related in this issue’s cover story. On a line of conceptual continuity, Casey McDonald profiles Ecliptic Brewing in the Mugshots sec-tion; founder John Harris happens to play a mean washboard! Finding a person who has experi-ence in all of the facets of any industry is like finding a flattened bird in a bale of hops; it happens, but it’s rare (ok, that was a terrible metaphor). Mario Rubio found that guy in Peter Hoey, who went from brewing to selling raw ingredients to brewers, and is now back in the brewing game. Talk about a bird’s eye view! Kicking off the new year in Brewing News, I look forward to following cer-tain trends (the ultimate rise and fall of “hazy IPA,” for example) and finding beers across the stylistic board that invoke pleasant memories from brew-eries near and far, but mostly near. Part of the thrill of craft beer is its local-ity, the colloquialism that distinguishes subgenres. Brewers: flood me with your accents, your turns of phrase, and your attitudes! But keep each other appraised; learn from your neighbor and his or her mistakes. One issue this year will mark the 100th edition of Northwest Brewing News! Over the past 16 years, our team of writers has covered beer history as it’s made, explored and exposed the nooks and crannies of the beer industry as it grew from its larval stage into the beast it is now. In that spirit, I raise my glass to them, and to the brewers, homebrewers, and beer lovers and connoisseurs who take the time to pick up a hard copy and make our work well worth it. Cheers!