Homer Simpson is moving to Roanoke.
Okay, we haven't officially confirmed that, but with the local craft beer explosion and announcement of the huge Deschutes opening, we know he's thinking about it. (Homer's the beer loving animated character on The Simpsons television series, running since 1989, if you didn't know. D'oh!)
Seriously, with over 100 craft breweries in the state (40 of them in our own FRONT coverage region), and our super cool named beer trails like Brew Ridge Trail and Virginia's Blue Ridge Beerway here in our neck of the woods, the Star City and our region at large is bellying up to the bar in a way even Norm Peterson would envy. (Yet another television reference, from Cheers.)
Yup. Let's just add "The World's Most Interesting Man" to the Homer and Norm trio, and... well... we're pretty sure our community would be so welcoming to these characters. We'd all feel right at home.
Here's to the good news (said with mug hoisted in air).