So there are a couple of things that I want to clarify about the #ibuninja Hashtag and how it came about with a Ninja and a great kiddo.
For those of you unfamiliar with what IBU actually stands for, dare I insult anyones intelligence, but there may be just one person reading that may be new to the Craft Beer world. An IBU stands for International Bitterness Unit.
According to The Brew Enthusiast an IBU is “an empirical measurement, measured in parts-per-million (ppm) of isohumulone (which is the main chemical compound derived from hops that makes your beer taste bitter) in a given volume of beer. Isohumulone is created when the alpha acids in hops isomerize (basically dissolve or breakdown) in the boil. That’s it. That’s literally what an IBU is.”
My stepson Logan who’s now 13 used to carry around a white ninja like Linus from the famous Charlie Brown we all have grown up with. As you may know the white Ninja or Storm Shadow was the “good” Ninja.
Logan and his white ninja we’re quite the story in our household. Logan carried that white ninja around with him everywhere as I said so you can guess the white ninja got very dirty when Logan got dirty. The white ninja took a bath when Logan took a bath. The white ninja went swimming when Logan went swimming. The white ninja pretty much did everything Logan did including watching cartoons, going to the river and so on. Somehow in the midst of all of this he lost one of his feet and I got blamed for that! Even though the white ninja lost said foot via Logan’s mouth.
Yes, you heard that right. Just like the beloved Linus sucked his thumb, my Logan chewed on his white Ninja’s foot until it was gone. Now, if you asked Logan even to this day [current age 13] and mind you this was from age I will say age 5 to 8. Logan would tell you that I was solely responsible for not only losing the two swords that Storm Shadow came with but also chewing off his foot. Go ahead – laugh it up.
This will never cease to amaze me till the day I die.
So being a “good” Ninja and Craft Beer being “good” for all intents and purposes were a name association thing that back in 2014 when I started the Blog and was seeking a Hashtag that had some sort of meaning to me AND CRAFT BEER I thought would have a sort of symbolic meaning that would carry on this 5 year old greatness forever. We all love beer. Well, I would hope anyway if you’re reading this or at least you’re entertained by the notion that you like beer or you’re getting into one or more of the aspects of Craft Beer.
As blogger Hashtags are a way to distinguish oneself from the masses. As sprout defines it “Whenever a user adds a hashtag to their post, it’s able to be indexed by the social network and becomes searchable/discoverable by other users. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, they’ll be brought to a page that aggregates all of the posts with the same hashtags, in real-time.”
All that being said my inspiration for the #ibuninja Hashtag was a small boy who traipsed around for many years packing a good ninja that I was ultimately responsible for the loss of many [including body] parts of…
And to that I will drink to ;0