By Chris Poh, Publisher of American Public House Review

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USAF 4th Fighter Wing over Kuwait as seen in American Public House Review

USAF 4th Fighter Wing over Kuwait

Should We be Drinking from the Enemy's Well?

Chris Poh publisher of American Public House Review
I remember being chided by some fellow bar patrons for having a misplaced sense of patriotism after ordering a screwdriver made with Russian vodka. This particular political skirmish occurred in September of 1983, a few days after Korean Airlines Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet SU-15 Flagon Interceptor. My response to the reproach was the rather flip remark of a much younger man, “Gentlemen if I were to give up drinking the alcoholic beverage of every country that I had a beef with, I’d soon have to give up drinking altogether.”

Looking back, I question my earlier wisdom and wonder now if we should be providing aid and economic support to those whose values and behaviors are in conflict with ours. Beyond the moral implications, there is the pragmatic aspect of drinking from the enemy’s well. When the relationship eventually sours either access to the well is denied, or the owner poisons the waters. As the price for a gallon of gas has yet again broken the three dollar mark because of this current round of unrest in the Middle East, Americans once more must question an energy policy that is dependent upon the reasonable conduct of despots, tyrants and thugs.

The seeds of our own revolution were planted in part when Great Britain implemented The Sugar Act of 1769. This burdensome tax on molasses imported from the West Indies led to the ruin of the once thriving rum industry in colonial New England. In response the colonists utilized native crops in order to continue the production of quality spirits. Today that same Yankee ingenuity carries on in the fast-growing field of micro-distillation. Companies like Philadelphia Distilling and Finger Lakes Distilling are among the over two hundred smaller suppliers that are providing their American clientele with premium potables without the words “Imported from…” being on the label.

Perhaps it is time that those in charge of crafting our nation’s energy policy adopt a similar homegrown approach to the problem. I just hope that we don’t ever get into a squabble with Scotland—because I still haven’t found a domestic distiller that can duplicate the distinct finish of the Balvenie Double Wood.


mitchell's pub as seen in American Public House Review
Chris launches APHR with his initial comments.
golden pint
Chris remembers a long past New Years Eve in a Greenwich Village pub.
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The new, expanded version of APHR is up and running .Stay tuned; more is coming
Chris Poh editor of American Public House Review

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"The times that try men's souls!"
offending foot

A tea party for a new year.
A look at the contributions of Muslim/Americans

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Chris introduces an issue that explores a little bit of the rich military legacy of our country.
Paintin in Whitehorse Tavern as seen inAmerican Public House Review
Chris talks about his early days
as a bartender in NYC.

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Chris presents our Virginia City Nevada tour of classic western pubs.
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Be good or be gone
Billy Mulligan

A friendship in between sets

An appeal to exercise our franchise.

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Chris reminisces about his father's home bar and Christmas past.
Painting in Blackkbread bar in Jim Thorpe, PA as seen in American Public House Review
Chris introduces the new look and expanded version of APHR
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Chris presents our issue about taverns with an American Revolutionary War heritage.

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The passing of a friend at the end of the bar.
An historical companion to APHR'S autumn long visit with Philadelphia.
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A look at the dance of rights vs. responsibilities

A 2010 Christmas wish

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