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Biking Through Windows and Puffy Jacket Beer

December 30, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgDon’t look at the Breckenwolf webcam. It’s too sad. The camera is pointed at the base of the lift. The quad chair is motionless, the main slope bare, except for a skinny sliver of patchy, dirty snow. It’s like our own localized version of the melting ice caps, and the image makes it painfully obvious that ski season is over for those of us that frequent the wild slopes of Breckenwolf. Based on the long-range forecast, it won’t be long before other ski areas in the South quiet their lifts too. The resorts have done their best, but you just can’t make snow when it’s 60 degrees for two weeks straight. Overall, for the Whiskey Wednesday crew, it was a ski season plagued by sickness, injury and shitty conditions. I’m calling it the worst ski season in a decade.But listen, I’m not here to bitch and moan about how crappy the skiing has been down here this winter. Sure, it’s been 60 degrees for two weeks straight, but on the other hand it’s been 60 degrees for two weeks straight. I’m not one to lean into religious platitudes, but as everyone’s favorite aunt is fond of saying, “when God closes a door, he opens a window.” And for me, that window has two wheels. So, I’ve been riding the shit out of my bike. Road bike, mountain bike, gravel grinder…singletrack, pump track, mountain climbs…it’s almost 70 degrees out there and sunny. In February. Ski season might have been cut short, but bike season has been given a jump start. I’m making the most of it.And I’m drinking a new beer after each bike ride: Patagonia Provisions Long Root Ale. Yes, the maker of your favorite puffy jacket is producing a beer now. Patagonia actually has an entire division that’s focusing on sustainable foods, called Patagonia Provisions. They produce a mean buffalo jerky, and they’ve partnered with Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) to brew Long Root. And this beer isn’t just some vanity project; This pale ale is the first beer ever to be made with Kernza, a grain that’s grown to regenerate the soil’s biodiversity and sequesters carbon. It’s a relatively new grain developed by The Land Institute, a non-profit that aims to introduce ecological stability to farming practices. Think of it as a perennial wheat substitute that requires no tilling and very little water.Cool, right? So, Patagonia decided to put it in a beer, because even though Kernza is a wonder crop that could help save the world a little bit at a time, there isn’t a huge market for it. But that could change, as Kernza adds a layer of complexity to this beer’s malt bill. The beer itself is tasty, hitting all of the requisite grapefruit notes you expect from a West Coast pale ale. There’s a mellow sweetness that underscores the whole thing, and the Kernza contributes a rye-like spice that I dig. I find that Long Root pairs well with afternoon bike rides and unseasonably warm heat waves.last_img read more

West Ham announce record profits

September 20, 2020 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_imgWest Ham have announced record pre-tax profits of over £10million – with joint-chairman David Sullivan stating he is “satisfied with the achievements” the club have made. In a statement issued on their official website West Ham announced their latest figures, with many showing an upturn in fortunes with Sullivan announcing over the weekend he is hoping he and co-owner David Gold can sell a 20 per cent stake in the club. “West Ham United are pleased to announce a record group profit before tax of £10.3m following a successful 2013/14 for the club both on and off the pitch,” the statement read. “This is a significant improvement on last year’s loss before tax of £3.5m. As the team overcame a difficult start to the season to finish 13th in the Barclays Premier League, the club increased revenues to an all-time high. Turnover was up to £114.8m compared to £89.8m the previous year, helped by the new broadcast deal and an increase in most other income sources. “The wage/turnover ratio also decreased to 55.6 per cent against 62.6 per cent last year, the lowest ratio since this was first calculated 15 years ago.” The turnover was up despite bringing in nine new faces in the summer, seven of which were permanent transfers, and Sullivan said in the statement that the board want to continue the improvements. “My board and I are satisfied with the achievements we have made in the 2013/14 season,” he said. “The highlights for us being retaining our Premier League status and reaching the semi-final of the Capital One Cup, signing an agreement to sell the Boleyn Ground in preparation for our move to the Olympic Stadium for the 2016/17 season, and our fantastic support despite our many injuries and therefore subsequent challenging performances on the pitch. “We continue to believe we will deliver both on and off the pitch by investing in the team, the brand and managing the business well.” Karren Brady, the club’s vice-chairman and the driving force behind the move to the Olympic Park, praised manager Sam Allardyce and the players, insisting the growth off the pitch goes hand in hand with success on it. “Through the hard work of a fantastic, dedicated, loyal and determined team both on and off the pitch the club has grown in size, revenue and in stature this season,” she said. “The management team off the pitch were able to capitalise and maximise on all the opportunities the manager and the team delivered on the pitch.” The West Ham hierarchy will no doubt be hoping to use the figures to tempt any potential investments into the club after Sullivan told the Sunday Telegraph that he and Gold were looking to raise £80m to help reduce debts. “We’ve no desire to give up the whole club,” Sullivan said. “But we’re still £110million in debt – albeit now £55million of that is to ourselves. So the third-party debt has been halved, but only because we’ve put the money in. “We lost £30million when we went down (to the Championship in 2011) and we made £10million on paper last year. What’s on paper is not cash-flow and we have to pay down the debt all the time and we have to be clear of bank debt when we move to the Olympic Stadium.” The Hammers sit sixth in the Barclays Premier League heading into the new year and just two points off the Champions League positions. The club have also unveiled their plans for their new Olympic Stadium home and agreed the sale of their current Upton Park site. Press Associationlast_img read more