December 30, 2012

Holiday Week 2012 Send-Off

 In years past I've done recaps or best-of posts about things that really moved me throughout the year. This year, no such post. I spent the last week with family in town just enjoying company and eating and drinking too much. I didn't take a lot of pictures, just tried to enjoy some time with people I don't get to see enough. We did find time to drink some very good wines:
My brother was kind enough to bring a cooler full of Berkshire Brewing Company beer, some of my favorite beers that I don't get to drink often as they are only available in New England. Excellent craft beers across the board by the Berkshire folks:
Did lunch at the Brick Store on Thursday where I tried a draft from Decatur's newest brewery, Blue Tarp Brew. Their Bantam Weight Ale is an Irish red ale that features lower alcohol by today's craft beer standards and is an entirely drinkable beer. The sausage and grit cakes below were pretty tasty as was the fried pierogi starter.
We also spent some time at Bakery at Cakes & Ale getting fat while eating too many desserts. Tried the Caliente, their version of a Mexican mocha with dark Mexican chocolate, and chili powder that was pretty damn awesome on a blustery late afternoon.
Of course, as it is our Christmas tradition, we also made time for some Pappy.
All-in-all it was a fun week with family...Hope you had a good holiday season as well. Now, on to 2013.

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