So. I’m not much of a St. Patrick’s Day fan. It seems like most of the people here use St. P’s as a day to drink a lot of beer and get tipsy and well, I drink beer because I like the taste so there’s really nothing exciting in me taking part in a day like that. Also, I wear green all the time. (Well, sort of. I don’t own a lot of it.) I’m also not Irish? Okay. I’m armed with many excuses today. To be honest, my grocery store wasn’t even stocking Sam Adams Irish Red this year so I was forced to get a little creative.
(Am I turning into a Grinch about all holidays that aren’t Christmas? Maybe…)
Oskar Blues Brewery — the Colorado/North Carolina brewery that kicked off the craft beer in a can phenomenon — was actually IN my grocery store. I loved the “Can I Be So Blunt” quip around the rim of the can because I knew I would have some opinions about St. P’s Day and all of this could easily tie into a sort of loudmouthed, say-what-you feel-character in a great book.
Even as recent as a year ago, Pinner’s Throwback IPA would not be a first choice for me. I’m not an IPA fan; I don’t like my beers too hoppy but I’m trying to be all adult and open-minded about life now. (HA) Citrus, spicy, bready… I went for it and it scored big. I wish there wasn’t 6 inches of snow on the ground in New York because this would make a great spring beer. It was a little bubbly but not so heavy in taste that I wouldn’t want to have more than one — two would be perfect.
Let’s talk about a good read…
Love and Foreign Words by Erin McCahon: main character Josie is a total trip. When her sister shows up unexpectedly engaged, Josie is quick to grill her sister’s future husband. She isn’t shy with her 37-question survey she wants him to fill out nor is she quiet about how unbelievable their pairing is. I know she sounds a little bratty but I think it’s exactly how many loyal sister would act when life is about to change. This book is laugh-out-loud funny but also very heartfelt. Love with a capital L.
Now don’t forget to enjoy your weekend — whether you are sipping a craft beer, an iced tea, or some hot cocoa.
(Who knows — maybe my grocery store will get with the program and supply some better options for next time. Stay tuned…)
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