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 drinkÂ 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 IÂ 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 sippingÂ 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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