When you get right down to it, like many of mankind’s defining (yet seldom read) documents, our Declaration of Independence is that perfect fusion of optimism and enlightened thought attached to our need to complain about those who hold the power. So it is no wonder that an extremely vocal segment of society will pervert the words of Jefferson, Franklin and Adams in order to justify their own delusional rants against some imagined ongoing tyranny. But the true measure of American virtue will not be decided by that handful of angry voices. The realization of our founder’s aspirations lies with those who in their own pursuits of life, liberty and happiness do nothing to limit the potential and freedom of their fellowman. Two such fine people, Adam Price and Susan Kimani, recently paid me a visit at the Indian Rock Inn.
For me this delightful young couple represent everything that is right with America. Susan is an artist and fashion designer who found her way to New York City by way of Kenya, East Africa. Adam’s origins are somewhat less exotic. This extremely accomplished jazz musician, and may I add fellow bartender, is from Boyertown, PA. During our brief time together, we conversed about history, travel, music and beer. And since all of us were devotees of the American cause, we reveled in our memories of consuming the Ales of the Revolution at Philadelphia’s renowned City Tavern.
So to Susan and Adam, and all the followers of American Public House Review we wish everyone a very joyous 4th of July! And to further aid in that celebration, we’ve included an absolutely wonderful version of our nation’s anthem. Click here to listen to the work of Francis Scott key as performed by the Celtic group–Runa.
Posted by: Chris Poh