As a thank-you for volunteering last weekend at Surly Fest, Kris and I, along with all the volunteers, were invited back to the Surly on Friday night to have a few beers. It was a good chance to catch up with our co-volunteers again, sign up for a second volunteering opportunity on Darkness Day, and enjoy a few great beers.
Omar's dad was there pouring beer and he shared with us a hilarious story about a conversation he had with his brother about what Omar's business was. As a practicing Muslim, his uncle may not have been terribly excited about Omar owning a brewery. Mr. Ansari, as he told the story, initially tried to pass off Omar's business as, "just business...you know, business." But the uncle probed further. So Mr. Ansari shared a bit more. "He makes barley water," he said. That satisfied the inquiries and avoided any familial conflict. It also made for a damn good story. I can't come close to doing it justice.
Anyway, thanks to Omar and the folks at Surly for the invitation. We had a good time. And congratulations goes to Omar and the family. I didn't realize it at the time, but the newborn brought into the Brewery that night was Omar's new son. Congrats.
Post-script!!! I almost forgot, while being regaled with Mr. Ansari's story, we were being served up Darkness. Yay beer!