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How I missed craft beer Next month will mark six years since I’ve taken a drink, and most of the time that notion sits just fine with me. But this time of by Brian Clarey year I’m always struck by the irony that I pretty much missed craft beer, one of the fastest growing businesses and cultural influencers in the Triad right now. I was born to cover the beer beat: My capacity for the stuff was legendary among the bartenders along Lower Decatur Street in New Orleans and the Corner in Greensboro alike, and I spent 15 years of my life behind the bar, much of it pushing out beer as fast as I could, which was pretty damn fast at one time. Back then, most bars carried a full selection of yellow beers, with perhaps a Newcastle or Shiner Bock thrown in the box for fancy folk and Texans. In Louisiana people drank Abita, but even its line was fairly limited in scope and primitive in its distribution: one giant, hairy dude who

lugged old, barrel-shaped, two-pronged kegs across the state in a van. For a hot minute back at the turn of the century, I actually did cover the beer beat in my role as booze and nightlife columnist for GoTriad, back when that seemed like a perfectly reasonable gig to me. And I remember when it all started, when the Spring Garden Brewery flipped over to Red Oak and Natty Greene’s was just an unfermented hop in Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester’s imagination. I remember when Jamie Bartholomaus created Sexual Chocolate at Foothill’s downtown brewpub and nobody batted an eye. I’ve always believed in the power of booze to jumpstart a culture — a decade or so in New Orleans will do that to a fella — and when it first started popping I assumed I would be a part of it. But by the time the second wave hit — read Eric Ginsburg’s piece on page 12 for more on that — I was relegated to the sidelines. No regrets. Now I’m waiting around for craft cigarettes, which will probably hit the market a month after I’ve quit.


I’m not dissatisfied with the progress [the city council has] made. It’s a cohesive city council. Michelle would be a good addition. She would be the conscience. We do need more transparency on policing. I’m an old guy, so I do like some stability. I don’t want it to be too left. — Bill Eckard, who campaigned for Greensboro City Council candidate Michelle Kennedy, in News, page 6


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THURSDAY Dark in the Park @ Bethabara Park (W-S), 5:30 p.m. Dress in costume for a family-friendly evening featuring Halloween crafts, music by the Bethabara Concert Band and hayrides complete with ghost stories. Learn more at Grand opening @ Antlers and Astronauts (GSO), 6 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and browse a curated retail collection of antiques, vintage clothing and handmade goods from artisans throughout the Southeast. Learn more at John le Carré @ Aperture Cinema (W-S), 7:30 p.m.

Coinciding with the release of his new novel, A Legacy of Spies, author John le Carré discusses his life’s work and the secrets behind his most beloved character, spy George Smiley, broadcast live from London’s Royal Festival Hall. Carré is best known for Cold War-era novels but also wrote influential books about the international arms trade (The Night Manager) and the War on Terror (A Most Wanted Man). He will read excerpts from his new book, followed by a question-and-answer session. Find tickets and learn more at FRIDAY Tossing for Tamarins @ Greensboro Science Center (GSO), 5:30 pm.


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CITY LIFE Oct. 12 – 15


The North Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers hosts a cornhole tournament to benefit Golden Lion Tamarin conservation. Participate in a cos-

tume contest and enjoy other laid-back lawn games like bocce and horseshoes while listening to DJ SoOpa. Find the event on Facebook.

North American Bodypainting Championship @ Greensboro Coliseum (GSO), 8 p.m.

Kid’s Night Out @ Little Blank Canvas (HP), 6 p.m. Enjoy two hours off while the kids paint a Halloween-inspired glow-in-the-dark canvas project. Pizza and art supplies are provided. Learn more and register at Spoken-word poetry @ Patio 9.2.4 (W-S), 7 p.m. Consciousness Through Poetry provides a platform for both novice and experienced spoken-word artists, poets and storytellers to share inspirational and educational works in a non-judgmental space. Find Consciousness Through Poetry on Facebook for more information. Open mic @ the Artist Bloc (GSO), 9 p.m. Out Loud Productions presents an open-mic night featuring a performance from T Walker, giveaways, drink specials and an encouraging atmosphere to share your talents. Sign up by 8:45 p.m. and learn more at SATURDAY Harvest Day @ Old Salem Museum & Gardens (W-S), 9:30 a.m. Old Salem hosts autumn-inspired activities and historic trades demonstrations. Learn about 18th-Century brewing techniques, survey heirloom and heritage apple varieties, visit the apothecary, watch a botanical watercolor artist or simply take a stroll around Old Salem’s award-winning gardens. The Homowo Heritage Festival, a celebration of African-American food and culture, will also run from noon to 3 p.m. and features okra painting, games and food samples. Learn more and find tickets at oldsalem. org.  Pride parade @ Spring and 4th streets (W-S), 11 a.m. Join the newly-crowned Mr. and Miss Pride Winston-Salem, special dignitaries and grand marshals Terry Miller and Joey Burdette, owners of Twin City Hive, and thousands of other attendees for Winston’s annual Pride Parade. The festival begins at 10 a.m., featuring live entertainment from Ultra Naté, food trucks and vendors selling merchandise and offering educational materials through early evening. Learn more at Pine State Holiday Music Festival @ SECCA (W-S), 1 p.m. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts and Phuzz Records host a day of live performances by Washed Out, Ducktails, Spider Bags, Floating Action, Saccharine Dream and more. Whether you delight in an outdoor yoga class or chow down on food truck offerings, this festival is for all ages and continues into the evening. Purchase tickets and learn more at and find the Facebook event for updates.

Internationally-renowned local bodypainters Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco present the largest bodypainting event in the Western hemisphere where top international artists compete for the USA Title. Get a pass to watch artists beginning at 2:30 p.m. or attend the fashion-show style catwalk competition, live entertainment and the crowning of the 2017 champions. Doors open at 7 p.m. Learn more and find tickets at Buyer & Cellar @ Hanesbrands Theater (W-S), 8 p.m.

Triad Stage continues its 5th season with Buyer & Cellar, a 2013 Drama Desk Award-winning production about a less-than-successful gay actor who finds himself working in the home of a Hollywood icon. This comedy runs through Oct. 22 with two pay-what-you-can performances on Wednesday evenings. Find tickets and learn more at   SUNDAY Homegrown Artisan Market @ Preyer Brewing Company (GSO), 1 p.m. Preyer hosts local artists and artisans, live music from Chris Hedrick and food from Presto Italian Food Truck and Mobile Oasis Mobile Farmer’s Markets. Find the event on Facebook. 8th annual Touch a Truck @ the Fresh Market (GSO), noon The Junior League of Greensboro brings trucks and other vehicles for children to learn about and explore in the midst of autumnal activities like pumpkin painting. Grab a burger from the PorterHouse Burger Truck between visits to the petting zoo, bounce houses, a photo booth and a face painting station. Find the event on Facebook.

by Lauren Barber

infringements due to broadened religious discrimination, it is crucial to talk about the medical conditions like hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, endometriosis that birth control can help manage. Many women find themselves in emergency rooms when denied access to the contraceptive medication they need. But it bears repeating: It’s okay to use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. Full stop, unequivocally. People assigned female at birth are not incubators and are owed sovereignty of their bodies under the law. But with Neil Gorsuch sitting in a stolen Supreme Court seat and conservative politicians from grossly gerrymandered districts occupying congressional chambers, millions of people’s bodies and livelihoods are on the line. Make no mistake: Such rollbacks are only the beginning, especially as the administration struggles to exact change through the legislature.


deeply in their own exceptionalism that the hypocrisy of their xenophobic admonitions of creeping “Sharia law” is lost on them. It takes gall to issue far-reaching initiatives after years of persistent, harsh criticism of President Obama for acting “like a king” while his administration relied on executive actions as a recalcitrant Congress all but refused to work with him, too. At the root, though, these reversals are about shaming women and queer people. We find ourselves living in an era of conservative reactionary rule in which bigoted plutocrats actively seek to regain a sense of lost authority over the bodies and day-to-day lives of marginalized people. Remember, Vice President Mike Pence is a proponent of administering shock therapy to LGBTQ Americans in order to “correct” sexuality and Sessions dreams of a world where no gay couple is served a wedding cake, let alone a marriage license. Internalize, also, that the battle for reproductive rights has less to do with religious beliefs than it is about who gets to control reproduction. As women’s rights advocates push back against

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Framing the decision with the language of religious freedom, the Trump administration moved to terminate an Obama-era directive under the Affordable Care Act that required employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception for their employees, as of Oct. 6. This change comes after years of litigation over the mandate, notably the Supreme Court’s landmark Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision. The contraceptive coverage mandate removed cost as a barrier to birth control but last weekend hundreds of thousands of women found themselves immediately vulnerable to losing access at the mercy of their employers. In a coordinated action, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued sweeping new guidance to federal agencies and prosecutors, emboldening business owners to seek exemptions from nondiscrimination laws on the basis of religious objections. His recommendations characterize a striking divergence from Obama-era interpretations and greenlight discrimination against LGBTQ people under the guise of religious liberty. The actions reek of Christian patriarchs invested so

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Rhino’s stance seems reasonable, even refreshingly independent. And just as much as the Vaughan endorsement was probably unpopular with many Rhino readers, TCB readers may not want to hear anything complimentary towards our competition. Too bad. While attempting to discredit Hammer, Lawson naturally trained most of his fire on Vaughan. The claims aren’t worthy of being repeated without rigorous fact-checking, but Vaughan responded with an email the following day. “If you’re keeping track, your email was largely inaccurate,” Vaughan wrote. “Since I have been told that you are a man of integrity, I request that you retract your email or run my rebuttal in its entirely and unedited. Perhaps you should adopt Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of ‘trust but verify.’” Lawson next surfaced with a blog post on the Guilford GOP website announcing that he was attending a wedding in Maine. Obliquely referencing Vaughan’s protestation, he wrote, “I understand there has been some fan mail in my absence, and I look forward to answering it following the wedding.” Nothing that can’t wait until after the election, I guess.


The Rhino Times, Greensboro’s conservative weekly, wrapped up a trifecta on Oct. 5 when it joined Triad City Beat and the News & Record in calling out Republican mayoral candidate John Brown’s factually challenged campaign platform. It’s rare for the three publications to come to a consensus. And without much hesitation, Editor John Hammer delivered his paper’s mayoral endorsement to incumbent Nancy Vaughan, a Democrat with a liberal record on LGBTQ and immigration issues who has toed a careful line between police reform and backing the blue. “This is an easy call,” Hammer wrote. “Vaughan is far and away the only candidate in the race who voters should consider electing mayor.” Those 22 words did not go down well with some conservative readers, most notably Guilford County Republican Party Executive Director Troy Lawson. “John Hammer personally attacked a fellow Republican’s character,” Lawson riposted in an email blast. “John Hammer is a man who was invited to our GOP meetings as a ‘fellow’ Republican and then used (and misused) information learned there to trash those ‘fellows.’ We Republicans can no longer trust John Hammer, let alone trust him as a conservative voice for Greensboro.” While TCB doesn’t typically make political endorsements, it’s fair to say that from our vantage point, the

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Nancy Vaughan dominates Greensboro mayoral primary by Jordan Green

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan scrum. deflected challengers from both the Marikay Abuzuaiter, a progressive left and right with a solid 61.5 percent who took criticism from Democracy of the vote in unofficial results from Greensboro voters over the perception Greensboro’s municipal primary on that she’s too close to the police deTuesday night. partment, also performed well with a “I’m feeling very happy,” Vaughan second-place finish and 14.7 percent of said, as fellow council members conthe vote. gratulated her at the board of elections Barber, a conservative Democrat who in the Old Courthouse. “I believe it’s has publicly clashed with police reform validation that the city is on the right activists, goes into the general election track.” with a razor-thin lead over Kennedy, an The Rev. Diane Moffett, a pastor with outspoken advocate for police reform no prior experience in elected office, and policies to make the city more earned a place on the general election hospitable to poor people. Kennedy ballot thanks to her second-place finish goes into the general election with the in the mayoral race. She claimed 21.6 largest campaign war chest — $13,002 percent of the vote in a three-way — among the at-large candidates, contest that eliminated conservative trailed by Wils, with $9,496; Abuzuaiter, businessman John T. Brown. with $9,357; Barber, with $6,838; JohnThe three at-large incumbents held son, with $4,276; and Bellamy-Small, the top three spots in a contest that with $1,128. allowed the top six out of 15 finishers Bill Eckard showed up at the Lindley to advance to the general election, Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. to hold although challenger Michelle Kennedy a sign for Kennedy, who is his neighbor. trailed incumbent Mike Barber by only “I’m not dissatisfied with the progress 11 votes. The two other challengers who [the city council has] made,” he said. made the cut are Dave Wils, a pub“It’s a cohesive city council. Michelle lic-school teacher active in the Demowould be a good addition. She would be cratic Party, and Dianne Bellamy-Small, the conscience. We do need more transwho previously served on city council as parency on policing. I’m an old guy, so representative of District 1 I do like some stability. I from 2003 to 2013. don’t want it to be too left. ‘My goodness, Leading the pack of “My goodness, there’s at-large candidates was some good candidates,” there’s some Yvonne Johnson, a former he added, also mentioning good candidates.’ Wils. mayor who transcended a split between the old guard – Bill Eckard Kennedy watched the and political insurgents by results from home. earning high ratings from “Tonight’s results show voters at a conference of the progressive that Greensboro is ready for a change in political action committee Democracy leadership,” she said in a text. “We will Greensboro. continue talking to residents where they “When things come into my path, I are about Greensboro’s most pressing analyze it and pray about it, and come issues. I’m thankful for the outpouring out where I’m comfortable,” Johnof support tonight, but the real work son said about her decision to court begins now.” Democracy Greensboro voters. “They Bellamy-Small greeted voters outside have a lot of points that are reasonable, the Christ United Methodist Church democratic and fair, and some that are near the Friendly Center during the going to take some work.” after-work rush. Johnson won 10,553 votes — only “In the current political environment, three short of mayoral candidate it’s almost as if we don’t want honorable Vaughan — and more than a fifth of people to serve,” she said. “I believe I the at-large vote in the 15-candidate have the expertise to make a difference

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan (left) and District 1 Councilwoman Sharon Hightower watch returns on Tuesday night.

for this city. I have a track record of making sure the council addresses the needs of all the people, not just downtown or the west side.” Although the results will not be finalized until the official canvas, Tuesday’s returns indicated a shutout of the two Black Lives Matter candidates. Irving Allen placed eighth in the at-large balloting, 1,118 votes behind Bellamy-Small. CJ Brinson, who ran to fill the open seat in District 2, came much closer, falling only 19 votes behind second-place finisher Jim Kee, a former council member. District 2 voters clearly decided that Goldie Wells was gold. The longtime community activist, who has led successful efforts to close the White Street Landfill and to establish a community cooperative, claimed 53.7 percent of the vote. Wells, who previously served on council from 2005 to 2009, was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Councilman Jamal Fox in July. Meanwhile, Kee and Brinson each came away with about 20 percent of the vote. Voters in districts 3 and 4 signaled resounding support for incumbents. Justin Outling, a corporate lawyer who has represented District 3 since 2015, tripled the performance of his closest ri-


val, public defender Craig Martin, 69.1 percent to 21.8 percent. Antuan Marsh and Payton McGarry, who respectively carried 5.9 percent and 3.3 percent of the vote, were denied the opportunity to advance to the general election. Outling said the results validate his socially progressive and fiscally conservative approach to governance. Similarly, District 4 incumbent Nancy Hoffmann trounced challenger Gary Kenton, who has called on the city to demonstrate more transparency in policing matters. Hoffmann won 67.3 percent of the vote, compared to Kenton’s showing of 28.1 percent. The two candidates will advance to the general election, while third place finisher Andrew Belford was eliminated. Some District 4 residents have faulted Hoffmann for voting to approve a rezoning that would have allowed commercial development to extend westward on Friendly Avenue. Trader Joe’s was expected to be the tenant, and the coveted store ultimately decided against coming to Greensboro. “I have really tried to represent our district and to make the best decisions for the our city,” Hoffmann said. “Occasionally, those two clash. “In order to keep our tax rate where


Bill Burckley, a political consultant who is working on Wilkins’ campaign, showed up at the board of elections in subdued mood. “Definitely surprised,” he said, describing his reaction to Wilkins’ show-


in campaign finance, with $26,397 reported in cash on hand, compared to Thurm, with $13,956. As her favorable results came in on Tuesday night, Thurm said she received “a flutter of contributions online.”


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District 5 incumbent Tony Wilkins (left) chats with voter Ray Rimmer while opponent Tammi Thurm looks on.

ing. One District 5 voter said his perception of a Republican candidate running in a local contest had been poisoned by the party’s track record at the state and national level. “You’ve got my vote,” Ray Rimmer told Thurm outside the Faith Presbyterian Church polling place. “I appreciate you running to represent us in this largely red district. I wish you well, Tammi. God bless you.” Rimmer, who served in the military during the Vietnam War, said Trump’s election feels like a replay of the Nixon era. “At the state and national level, Republicans have taken such a hard right turn I don’t think I’ll be able to vote for anyone with an ‘R’ behind their name from now to the grave,” Rimmer said. “There’s a whole lot of division, and I don’t blame Democrats as much as I blame Republicans. I haven’t seen anything as poisonous as the way Republicans treated President Obama in the past eight years.”

it is now we have to grow the tax base,” Hoffmann added. “We have to plan for the future, which is residential and commercial development. We don’t have enough housing stock. To have lost Trader Joe’s four years ago — it’s a grocery store, but it says something about a city to have one, and it says something to not have one.” Sharon Hightower, the incumbent in District 1, dominated voting in her race, grabbing 78.2 percent of the vote, with one challenger dropping out and two others mounting only nominal campaigns. Paula Ritter-Lipscomb, the second-place finisher with 13.7 percent of the vote, advances with Hightower to the general election. The night’s big surprise came in District 5, where Tony Wilkins, the sole Republican on the council, was upset by progressive Democratic challenger Tammi Thurm. Thurm led balloting with 46.0 percent of the vote, trailed by Wilkins, with 42.6 percent. The primary winnowed out two other candidates, Sal Leone and Tanner Lucas, setting up a fierce contest between Thurm and Wilkins for the general election. Wilkins holds the dominant position

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Stadium boosters win big in High Point primary by Lauren Barber and Jordan Green

In a closely matched mayoral primary, High Point voters signaled support for an ambitious plan to jump-start downtown revitalization through a stadium by tossing out the project’s chief skeptic. Jim Davis, a conservative Republican who voted as a council member to approve public dollars for the project but has expressed doubt about whether it would pay for itself, garnered only 27.5 percent of the vote. Jim Davis’ elimination sets up a contest between Jay Wagner, a pro-revitalization Republican, and Bruce Davis, a Democrat, who are both enthusiastic proponents of the project. Wagner and Bruce Davis corralled 38.0 percent and 34.5 percent of the vote respectively. “I’m glad I advanced to the top two and I’m looking forward to the November election,” said Wagner, who celebrated the end of the day at Brown Truck Brewing. “We’re going to keep doing our best. I’m happy we made it past the primary. It’s been a lot of hard work not only for me, but for my wife and our volunteers. It’s nice to get a good result when you work so hard.” In the at-large race, where two seats are in play, candidates backed by the pro-stadium High Point Political Alliance, drew heavy support. Britt Moore, a former at-large council member, led the pack with 26.9 percent of the vote, while Don Scarborough, a retired senior vice president at High Point University and political newcomer, captured 23.4 percent. The top four vote-getters, which also included Cindy Davis and Mary Lou Andrews Blakeney, advance to the November general election. Candidates Daniel Gardner, Michael Holmes and Sarah Jane Otte distantly trailed with roughly 4 to 7 percent of the vote apiece, and found themselves eliminated. The at-large results represent a setback for Cindy Davis, a populist conservative who has bitterly opposed the stadium project, contending that it should be built solely with private funds or at least put to a popular vote in a bond referendum. Davis, who was the top vote-getter in the 2014 election, will have to make up 359 votes in the upcoming general election to hold on to her seat.

Mayoral candidates Bruce Davis (center) and Jim Davis talk with a voter at Deep River Recreation Center on Tuesday.

Blakeney, the fourth-place finisher, is a veteran civil rights activist who served on city council from 2010 to 2012. While expressing support for the stadium, she has made services to senior citizens her signature campaign issue. Sims Hinds, vice-chair of Forward High Point — the nonprofit responsible for developing the stadium plan — said the primary results show that the Guilford County Commission missed the mark by delaying approval of a financing plan requested by city council. “I think the bigger story here is how poorly the county commission has judged the will of the people of High Point,” Hinds said. The big surprise in the race was Bruce Davis’ strong showing. A former Guilford County commissioner and member of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, Davis has ardently declared his support for the stadium but

argued he would be more effective at finessing relations with the county commission to get the project financed. “We were very excited when we started out in the lead with the early voting and then when things kind of flipped over we were maybe just a little disappointed we didn’t hold all the way through,” Bruce Davis said. “But again, I knew we were up against a lot of money and so I think based on the campaign that we’re in, we did exceedingly well considering the lack of financing in comparison to our competitor.” Bruce Davis got a late start at financing his campaign, but raised $11,510 in August and September, including $750 from Hinds. Bruce Davis’ opponents have received significant outside support, with the NC Association of Realtors spending $20,000 on mailers and Facebook ads to support Jim Davis, while the High Point Political Alliance


— the political arm of the city’s chamber of commerce — raised $43,500 and gave its endorsement to Wagner, who is poised to receive its financial support in the general election. Bruce Davis rallied support from voters across the city. At the Montlieu Elementary polling place, traditionally a stronghold for African-American voters in east-central High Point, 65-year-old William Robinson voted for Davis and Scarborough. “My votes mainly had to do with the new baseball park,” he said. “I’m for it and it’ll bring opportunities to the city in terms of the job market and because High Point is really dry. You’ve got to go to Greensboro or Winston-Salem to do anything. We’re only busy during the [furniture] market…. We’ve got sports bars and this and that but it’s really not the same as downtown Greensboro, where you’ve got your ice cream parlors, Up Front News Opinion Beer

your pizza parlors. In Ward 5, Chris Whitley, a former “I’m in favor of progress and more member of city council, led balloting opportunities, and that’s why I voted for with 47.8 percent of the vote. He will the candidates I did,” Robinson added. advance to the general election with “To me, this year, the biggest thing going Vic Jones, a Marine Corps veteran and is whether they’re for or against the limousine company operator, who came ballpark. There’s not so much a candiaway with 33.5 percent. Deric D. Stubbs date can do anyway in two or four years. was eliminated from the race after Bruce has been around a finishing third. Hinds long time in other posisaid he views the results tions, and I think with all in Ward 5 as favorable to ‘My votes mainly the history and experithe stadium: The ward is ence he has he should currently represented by had to do with make a good mayor.” Jim Davis, whose loss in the new baseball At the suburban Deep the mayoral race will likepark.’ River Recreation Center ly pressure the candidates polling place in the city’s to get behind the project. – William Robinson northern tier, Hope Due to the fact that Goeghegan said, “I voted only two candidates each for Bruce Davis because filed in the elections for he’s a big proponent for veterans. I’m a Wards 1, 2 and 3, there was no need for veteran so it’s a big issue for me since I a primary. The six candidates automatidon’t think there’s that much out there cally advance to the general election. for veterans.” In Ward 1, incumbent Jeff Golden The Emerywood Baptist Church faces challenger Willie H. Davis. In polling place in the genteel Emerywood Ward 2, incumbent Chris Williams faces neighborhood saw brisk turnout, with challenger David M. Bagley. In Ward 3, voters favoring Wagner for mayor, and where Alyce Hill is retiring, Monica PeScarborough and Moore at large. ters, who founded We Heart High Point “I voted for them because I think and the EbFest Music Festival & Makers they’re the best candidates for moving Fair, contends with Megan Longstreet, our city forward,” 68-year-old David who is active with Indivisible High Point Horny said. and backed by the Guilford County In Ward 4, Wesley Hudson, an ally Democratic Party. of Wagner, led with 49.7 percent of the vote, while Jim Bronnert squeaked past Jody W. Kearns by a margin of 11 votes to win a spot on the general election ballot. Both Hudson and Bronnert support the stadium project.

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The wrong narrative at GHOE In the fancy journalism schools that all of us in the media are required to attend, at some point before we’re taught to subliminally and disproportionately criticize Republicans but after we’ve all given our allegiance to the socialist cause, many of us are introduced to the concept of the self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s what happens when people expect something to be true and so it is, no matter the facts on the ground. Over the weekend known in Greensboro as the Greatest Homecoming on Earth — the biggest of the year for NC A&T Aggies who come from far and wide to celebrate their time at school in Greensboro — a nasty notion of this type took hold in the city, most prominently on social media threads, but also whispered about in some of the less enlightened corners of town. A shooting spree in the northeast corner of town. A body count. A pile of wounded. One Facebook post put the number of shootings over GHOE at 40, and was quickly affirmed by the first few commenters who made connections between Aggies — most of whom are black — and murder. It happens every year in Greensboro — twice a year, actually, if you count SuperJam: insinuations of crimes yet to be committed, assumptions of danger, prophecies that fulfill themselves. The truth: There was one fatal shooting in Greensboro A rumor based on a over the weekend. The victim, vicious stereotype, 22-year-old John Cook, was a perpetuated by former A&T student, attend- people who are all ing a private party miles away too eager to believe. from campus. There were three other shootings in Greensboro, none of them at a GHOE event and, frankly, not too bad for any given weekend in Greensboro, where there was a fatal shooting at a Waffle House the weekend previous. The facts are, to say the least, unfortunate. But they’re hardly enough to fuel a rumor based on a vicious stereotype and perpetuated by people who are all too eager to believe. A Facebook comment from an A&T grad expressed the lament all too well: “I would prefer the associated perception of the thousands of engineers that put men and women on the moon, build the homes and buildings we frequent, and those thousands of graduates that make advances in agriculture. The Greensboro 4 and items of the sort offer a better depiction of what A&T is and has been. “Hopefully at some point that will become the narrative.”


Will Aldona Wos be our next secretary of state?

In April 2016, Wos brought former CIA Director As a Republican fundraiser, Dr. James Woolsey, a guest lecturer at the institute, and Aldona Wos has demonstrated an John Lenczowski, its founder, to the Grandover Resort uncanny ability to position herself in Greensboro for a discussion about the foreign-policy close to the power centers of the implications of the election. Woolsey and other neoconstate and federal government. servatives advocated for the 2003 invasion of Iraq — an In 2003, she was appointed the action that Trump has dubiously claimed to have opposed by Jordan Green North Carolina finance co-chair at the time. of the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election campaign, and soon Two days after Woolsey’s visit to Greensboro, Trump was rewarded with appointment as ambassador to Estonia. outlined a vision “to establish a foreign policy that will In 2012, Wos raised money for Republican Pat McCrory, endure for several generations” at the Mayflower Hotel in who appointed her secretary of health and human services Washington. He added, “That’s why I also look and have after his election as governor. Wos’ tenure at DHHS was to look for talented experts with approaches and practimarred by continual backlogs in food-assistance benefits cal ideas, rather than surrounding myself with those who and questions about a lucrative consulting contract with have perfect résumés but very little to brag about except an employee of her husband’s logistics firm, but upon her responsibility for a long history of failed policies and conresignation in 2015, Gov. McCrory famously wept with tinued losses at war.” gratitude for her service. In her role as political fundraiser and convener, Wos may Over the past weekend, Wos and husband Louis DeJoy turn out to be the bridge between the old neocon movehosted President Trump at their $4.8 million Irving Park ment and the nationalist spirit of the Trump age. mansion in Greensboro for a $2,700-per-head fundraiser Wos, who could not be reached for this story, hasn’t to benefit the Trump Victory Committee, a joint venture said much publicly about her ideology, despite playing between the president and the Republican master of ceremonies for high-proNational Committee. file visitors like Woolsey and former The unmistakeable The invitation to the fundraiser, which New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, aimed to raise $2 million, reportedly but it’s clear that her worldview was message from Dr. advised guests: “The president and his profoundly shaped by the Nazi Aldana Wos to Trump: team have had some missteps. However, it and Soviet occupations of Poland. is hard to deny the extreme and unreasonPaul Zenon Wos, her father, helped You need me. And able challenges he faces from the political Jews escape the Warsaw ghetto, as the relationship establishment, the left-wing groups, the according to the 2010 book Code between Trump and media and many of the federal employees Name: Zegota: Rescuing Jews in of the agencies of the executive branch.” Occupied Poland, and survived the Secretary of State Rex The unmistakable message from Dr. Flossenbürg concentration camp. Tillerson continues to Wos to Trump: You need me. Born in Warsaw in 1955, Aldona Wos As the relationship between Trump and experienced the Soviet occupation. deteriorate, it’s worth Secretary of State Rex Tillerson continues told an audience at the Empire keeping an eye on Wos. She to deteriorate, it’s worth keeping an eye on Room in downtown Greensboro in Dr. Wos, a Polish-born physician who has 2007 that when the secret police nurtured a lifelong interest in diplomacy came to the house to pick up her and international affairs. Even if she didn’t get a chance father, the family never knew whether he would return, to corner Trump at her Country Club Drive mansion on adding, “The environment deprived all of us of our dignity Oct. 7, Wos has likely found an opportunity to give the and our rights.” president advice on foreign affairs since he appointed her Remarkably, the Wos family story is closely intertwined vice-chair of the President’s Commission on White House with the setting and themes of President Trump’s July Fellowships in May. 6 speech at Krasinski Square in front of the monument It’s no small irony that Wos is a part of the very forto the Warsaw Uprising. The speech made only one eign-policy establishment that Trump trashed during the reference to the Jewish population, which was almost 2016 primary. Following her service as ambassador to completely erased from Poland during the Holocaust, but Estonia, she joined the board of trustees of the Washinghammered at themes of Polish resistance against foreign ton-based Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of invaders, almost as if using the central European country national security and international affairs that occupies a as a stand-in for Trump’s view of the United States. Trump segment of the ideological spectrum from center-right to concluded with a defense of “Western civilization” that neoconservative. focused not on democracy, liberty or human rights, but on

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here are so many breweries in the Triad now that it’s easy to lose count. This area’s brewery openings have come in successive waves, with a long lull after the first one lapped at the beach. A decisive second wave delivered a bounty of beer, rapidly tripling the number of brewpubs in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. Now a third wave is taking shape, proving once again that the tide is still coming in. First wave Technically, Red Oak came first, operating as the lone Triad brew operation for years before relocating east to Whitsett. But at best, that could be considered a trickle. The first wave of craft beer hit the Triad more than a decade ago, as mainstay breweries launched in each of the three cities: Natty Greene’s in Greensboro, Liberty in High Point and Foothills in Winston-Salem. We’ll spare you the details — if you aren’t already familiar with your city’s crown jewel of brewing, you’re either new in town or this issue probably isn’t for you — but suffice to say these titans formed the vanguard of the modern craft era here, and remain the largest purveyors of beer in their respective cities. Second wave It took half a generation for more breweries to pop up in the Triad, but once the second wave started cresting, it crashed down hard. In Greensboro, Gibb’s Hundred Brewing, Pig Pounder Brewery and Preyer Brewing opened in relatively quick succession. In Winston-Salem, Hoots Beer Co. and Small Batch popped up, the former inside the hip West End Mill Works and the latter next to the Benton Convention Center downtown. And while only one brewery bolstered the scene in High Point, Brown Truck hit the ground running. In 2016, it won Very Small Brewing Company of the Year (nationwide!) at the venerated Great American Beer Festival, taking home a gold and two silvers for its beer the same year. Its success hasn’t gone unnoticed in High Point, but Triadians in other cities have yet to really give Brown Truck its due. Two more breweries opened at the

Eric Weyer, co-owner of Hoots in Winston-Salem

tail end of the second wave — Joymongers in Greensboro (more on them later) and Wise Man in Winston-Salem next to the former Ziggy’s music venue on the north end of downtown after originally intending to open in the heart of Greensboro. Together they brought the total number of breweries to five and four in their respective cities, with High Point’s two putting the total number at 11. That’s not including breweries in outlying communities, including Red Oak, Kernersville Brewing and Four Saints. And it’s only counting Foothills and Natty Greene’s once each, though Foothills opened a southwestern taproom and

Natty Greene’s grew with the Bunker across from the Greensboro Coliseum (and ran a taproom in Raleigh for several years too, by the way). Even so, 11 is quite the jump from one apiece for the three Triad cities just a couple years earlier. Third wave Welcome to the third wave! We’re just getting started. Winston-Salem rang in the beginning of this phase with the opening of Fiddlin’ Fish, a brewery and taproom adjacent to Broad Branch Distilling (similar to Hoots and Sutler’s Spirit). A large patio adds to Fiddlin’ Fish’s appeal, as


does its proximity to Wise Man, making a walking brewery crawl from Wise Man down to Small Batch more practical with this pit stop. Over in Greensboro, Natty Greene’s pivoted to its Kitchen + Market at Revolution Mill, a rehabbed textile plant in the city’s northeast, operates a kitchen, market and store. No other breweries have officially opened in the third wave, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more arriving soon, and almost all of them in Greensboro. Progress is visible from the street at Little Brother, which is moving into the space long occupied by the Idiot Up Front News

Brown Truck Brewery in High Point

that they’ll still sell other companies’ beer alongside their own product.

Leah Adams cleana kegs at Preyer Brewing in Greensboro.

Whether others will follow suit or if a brewery will open in Gibb’s Hundred’s current Lewis Street building downtown remains to be seen.

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Stuck at sea It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from XII Tribes Brewing in High Point, or anyone involved with the imagined Mansfield Brewing in Greensboro’s Spring Garden Street area. And while the folks at Good Creature — who said a couple years ago that they’d like to open in downtown Greensboro — confirmed last week that they’re still planning to move forward, there’s no visible progress on any of these three breweries. There’s plenty of other action to be excited about though, and it’s clearly high tide for craft brewing in the Triad. It’s not clear when, or if, we’ll peak, but it’s telling that none of these operations — regardless of which wave they came in on — have closed. Maybe the start-up costs are high enough that it prevents people from getting into the industry without sufficient capital, but it’s also worth noting that craft beer still accounts for a small percentage of overall beer consumption. That means, at least hypothetically, that if local breweries grow smartly, the tide could swell for years to come.


while Natty Greene’s closed its Raleigh taproom in the lead-up to opening its massive Revolution Mill campus. It Up next maintains its downtown brewpub. It’s still out on the horizon, but we Joymongers, however, will be the can see the early signs of a fourth wave first brewery to operate in multiple headed our way. Triad cities. If any of the area’s smallOden Brewing — slated for an empty er breweries can do it, Joymongers is shell near the intersection of Tate the one for the job, given its massive Street and Gate City Boulevard near output through on-site sales and the Greensboro’s Glenwood neighborhood experience of veteran brewmaster Mike — hopes to open by next summer. Like Rollinson, who helmed Natty Greene’s most of its predecesbrewpub for years. sors, Oden won’t opThe barrel-aging erate its own kitchen, Gibb’s Hundred is moving to facility — a rarity State Street. Greensboro’s instead relying on around here — and food trucks, and the taproom will be Leveneleven and Little owners are putting around the corner Brother will open shortly. in a 10-barrel system, from Hoots, facing making it most simiHanes Park and the lar to the Joymongers model. Tap dive bar. Oden will help the brewing industry There are other changes on the expand beyond the core of downtown, horizon, too. Gibb’s Hundred bought a a trend that began with the third wave building on State Street, and plans to and appears to be continuing. relocate from its current downtown loIn August, Greensboro’s Joymoncation in the next six months. The move gers Brewing announced that it would will give the brewery more production expand operations with a taproom and space, owner Mark Gibb said, which barrel-aging facility in Winston-Salem’s is much needed as Gibb’s Hundred West End neighborhood. The move approaches its third anniversary this makes Joymongers the first of the Triweekend. ad’s newer breweries to open a second Gibb’s Hundred will be just about location; Foothills runs two facilities in the only bar in its new pocket of town, Winston-Salem and Liberty operates making this shift reminiscent of Natty a brewery and grill in Myrtle Beach, Greene’s step into Revolution Mill.



Box comedy club across from Natty Greene’s downtown brewpub. Little Brother plans to open quietly at the end of this month and will run a four-barrel system, spokesperson Brittany Wilson said, making it bigger than Small Batch but still on the petite end of the spectrum. The brewery plans to feature a “resident brewer” program to showcase area homebrewers, according to its website, which will be pretty exciting if executed well. Two months ago, we broke the news about plans for LevenEleven, a nanobrewery operated by Derrick Flippin and Dan Morgan in conjunction with Big Dan’s Brew Shed’s new location by the Greensboro Coliseum. Flippin said last week that renovations are underway, and they hope to open by December. These guys are heavy hitters, and will undoubtedly put out high-quality specialty product. As part of its relocation to the former JP Looney’s building in west-central Greensboro, Fat Dog’s announced that it would be adding a three-barrel nanobrewery system. The beloved dive bar and restaurant — formerly a neighbor to Hops Burger Bar — is already up and running at the new, larger site, but General Manager Somer Griffin said the brewery side is still under construction. Fat Dog’s hopes to be operational by early 2018 at the latest, she said, adding



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Where beer flows, so does local art

avid Ashe, co-owner of Fiddlin’ Fish Brewery sat at the bar, the smell of freshly cut boards and soaking hops lingering in the air, and everything all seems perfectly in place. The trying endeavor of opening a small business comes with its own set of challenges. And while the new home of Fiddlin’ Fish seems well planned and in order, it was the name that came last. “We knew roughly what we wanted the logo to look like,” Ashe said from the corner stool. “We’d been brewing for a while, so that was all taken care of. But when we tried to get the logo and name on paper, it was just beyond our artistic talents.” With familial ties in the Blue Ridge Mountains, owners David Ashe and Stuart Barnhart decided to choose the name based on their common interests. “I grew up in Galax, Va., home of the Old Fiddler’s Convention, really our only claim to fame,” Ashe said with a smile. “And so the name came about because we both love the outdoors, we love fishing and this is a family business, so we wanted to incorporate all of that as best we could.” Calling on the aid of a professional, their ideas were finally put in color. The giant fish whose tail is bent into a fiddle can be seen on the side of the Big Winston Warehouse where the brewery is located. Ashe and Barnhart commissioned local artist Hieronymus to paint the large mural on the side of their building. Remaining loyal to family ties in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the fish of the logo is frozen in a golden sky as it leaps out of an azure blue lake, the hazy dragonback of the mountains resting just behind it. And though it seems a simple task of naming and branding your new business, Fiddlin’ Fish is not alone in their branding journey. “The name was probably the single most difficult part of it all,” Mike Rolllinson, co-owner of Joymongers Brewing Co. in Greensboro, said in a phone call. “We needed something that we could trademark, something that would be easy to remember and hard to forget.” Steadfast in the business model of

being solely a neighborhood brewery, Joymongers were in search of a name and image that would capture the simple nature of beer, while also garnering unerring interest. “When it comes to branding, you’d be surprised how many names are already copyrighted,” Rollinson said laughing. “So I was just throwing different words together. We wanted something that showed balance, that would be remembered, and when I put down Joymongers, that was it. It was perfect.” With a few rough sketches ANDREW Fiddlin’ Fish commissioned local artist Hieronymus to paint a mural on the side of its building, and Greensboro on paper, the LAZARE artist Chuck Johnson handpainted the brewery’s logo onto an external wall (above). owners took the newfound name IPA where a reverse F can be found, or in the Hopjob IPA, where and a handful of ideas to Boulton Creative. What came out of the Foothills logo can be seen on the grille of the truck. the artistic tumblers were the sinister, mongrel eyes and name Much like Webster, Sasha and Mark Gibb of Gibb’s Hundred curved into a smile. The black-and-white image holds true to Brewery in Greensboro wanted their name to carry a different the simplicity that Rollinson was hoping for, and yet holds a weight with it. punch that catches the eye. “The name comes from the old colonial term ‘hundred,’ While some local brewers have sought the help of prowhich meant a subunit of a state’s county or shire,” Mark Gibb, fessional design companies, others have chosen a different owner of Gibb’s Brewing said via email. “Often the area was approach in developing an iconoclastic image to brand their large enough to contain 100 homesteads. Thomas Jefferson was companies. an advocate for such subdivisions, feeling that 100 homesteads “Every project, you have these parameters laid out from the was large enough for self-governing and education, yet was get-go,” Kyle Webster, graphic artist behind Foothills Brewing small enough that everyone could feel connected each other. said in a recent interview. “I think it’s a little harder to look at a From the beginning we have aimed to be a community brewblank piece of paper and do something from scratch.” ery.” Webster kept the main logo simple, turning the F into the The Gibb’s Hundred logo holds the elongated G is curved sole of a foot, bringing together name and place for a classic into the shape of a tap handle but also holds the look of an 18th image. When it comes to the artwork of individual beers, WebCentury tavern sign. ster allowed for more creative expression. Established in 2013, Hoots Beer Co. placed their home in the “I’m always hiding something in the art,” he said. “Either a old industrial part of Winston-Salem’s West End neighbornod to the title of the beer or something that hints back at the hood. Built by the Hoots family between the 1930s and 1950s, brand, with the F.” the Hoots Roller Mill and storage warehouse were once used Such hidden features are seen in the lock of hair in the Jade to produce flour. In keeping with local history and character,

However simple, however strange, the logos, the names — they have a purpose. The next time your tilt your glass at one of these local breweries, think about the story behind the name.

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Hoots Beer Co. kept the name and incorporated local ties and elements into their captivating logo. With white print on the black-and-white base, eyes are drawn first to the white-faced owl at the bottom of the image which directly coincides with the name. Feathers encircle the name and next to the circles is the ancient ouroboros. Related to ancient Gnosticism and Hermeticism, the symbol depicts a snake eating its own tail, representing the infinite cycle of endless creation and destruction, life and death.



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