The last few years, my parents have rented a cabin for the weekend so we can all get together for the holidays. It gives us a chance to catch up with each others families, without many outside distractions. There's no wifi, no TV, not much for stores around either. It's just a time to come together and enjoy each other. In that spirit, I thought I'd write less about the beer rating and more how I felt in the moment.
Pictured to the right is my father, Dick, rocking the rare double 'stash.
There was no snow this year, so the kids couldn't go sledding, so they had to find other things to keep them entertained. Below, My son, Joseph's displaying a scar drawn by Malia in her effort to entertain herself and keep the boys calm.
|Fresh from Germany|
My boss recently went to Germany to visit her son. While there, they toured a brewery and brought me this 22% ABV gem. It drank like a whiskey, but had the taste of a sweet IPA. I found it similar to Dogfish head's 120 minute IPA.
|My Christmas Haul (Tonya is getting very good at buying beer)|
|Larry, Gary, Pam, and Sherri|
Below, is a picture of my homebrewed Amber Ale, and another Christmas must from Schlafly.
|My Nugget Galaxy Amber Ale|
Tonya, myself, and my mom got to spend about an hour holding them before we had to say goodbye. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, but I will always cherish that hour I had with my little girls.
And along the lines of the little things we remember, I'll never forget the text I got from my friend Dan that day as we waited for the doctor. Dan had recently had a heart attack, and that day had a pacemaker put in. His text simply read "anyone need a jump?" A little levity was welcome on such a draining day for us.
I'm not sure why, but this week has been particularly emotional for me. I don't know what makes this different than other years. I do sometimes think how are lives would be different with them around. I can almost picture the two of them in princess dresses singing Let it Go, and annoying their older brother (who would secretly love it.) I think about them every day, and can't express my sadness for not having them in my life. I also try to do my best to appreciate what i do have, an amazing wife, and unbelievable son, and great friends and family. To me, that is what the holidays and life is all about.
Sorry this post got off topic and is written a bit choppy, but sometimes, I feel writing can be a bit therapeutic. Anyway, I'd love to know what drink you enjoyed most during the holidays, post it below in the comments, and i may feature it in my next post. To see what I'm drinking and how it rates, follow me on Untappd, search for Crinkletalk, or follow me on Twitter - @Crinketalk. Until next time, Prost!