At The Bruery the other day a younger girl was paying at the register with her boyfriend and she stuck her hand in the bowl of malted barley and asked "are these hops?" At first I wanted to be a dick and thing to myself what a moron but then I realized who the big geek is and that maybe not everyone knows what barley or hops look like. Reminds me of that.
But it's also a sign of our disconnect with our world, when grains -whether wheat, rice, or barley-- cannot be recognized as such.
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