Friday, April 18, 2008

The Reward of a Good Beer

It's been quite a week around here with various volunteer activities vying for attention this week. Each evening I was out for one, or more, activities. Of course, that made each day's wind down beer all that more enjoyable. No wimpy beers to relax with around here this week. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and Clipper City Winter Storm "Category 5" Ale both made the cut. These two seasonal selections were also notable as being the last of each I had on hand. (Okay, I admit I've set aside a few bottles of Bigfoot so I can do a vertical tasting down the road. That seems to be the thing to do, though I expect I'll miss the hoppiness when it fades with time.) It's always bittersweet when we finish off a seasonal beer. I did remark on Twitter last night that I'd certainly buy the Winter Storm year round if it was available, though one might argue that it would lose the aura of specialness if that were the case.

This will be a "no beer" weekend for me. I'm off on a camping trip with the Boy Scouts. The forecast calls for a good chance of rain overnight Saturday and Sunday, but at least it will be warm. So, what will be my "reward beer" when I get home Sunday evening? That's something to think about over the next couple of days. Next week is starting to look busy too. That's okay, I find the anticipation of a good beer is something to be enjoyed as well. And when that beer is to be savored after good works, it's all that much more pleasurable.

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