Blue Mountain Lager is produced by Blue Mountain Brewery based out of Afton, Virginia. Blue Mountain Lager doesn’t disappoint if you’re a light lager kind of person. The brewery also has a nice little pub / restaurant where they serve Blue Mountain Lager on tap, along with several other styles of beer. Blue Mountain Lager is really hard to find outside Charlottesville area, unless you go to a specialty shop like Beer and Wine. This brew is definitely worth a 6-pack if you’re looking for a nice crisp lager in the Fall or Spring.
B. M. Lager doesn’t have any overpowering qualities and stays true to Continental Style Lagers. They also claim that they use mountain water from the Blue Ridge Mountains and farm hops locally in a sustainable methods. Overall I give this beer B+ (A+ = The best / F = Territble).
On a different note: Photographer questioned by police
A photographer from Long Beach, California was questioned by police for taking photos of an oil rig. You can read the full story here , which details the photographer’s account and what remembers about the situation. If you don’t want to read that article, in a nutshell, the photographer was out taking photos June 30th, of an oil rig, which in all accounts should be legal to photograph. A local police officer rolled up on the photographer, asked for the photogs ID and ran a background check on him. He wasn’t handcuffed or thrown in jail, but it does raise a red flag as to why he was questioned begin with. This is apparently the second citizen in a month that was questioned about what he / she is taking photos of. To add more fuel to fire, Long Beach Police Chief stated the police officer is perfectly within his duty to detain, ask questions and decide aesthetic value of the photo.
- “Police Chief Jim McDonnell has confirmed that detaining photographers for taking pictures “with no apparent esthetic value” is within Long Beach Police Department policy.”
- “McDonnell says that while there is no police training specific to determining whether a photographer’s subject has “apparent esthetic value,” officers make such judgments “based on their overall training and experience” and will generally approach photographers not engaging in “regular tourist behavior.”
This situation affects all of us who take photos, whether for fun or professionally. While I agree in some instances police action is probably a good thing. However, I completely disagree with the fact that the authorities / law enforcement should be the determining factor when it comes to artistic value of a photo.
Your thoughts on this?