When was the last time you just went out and had a beer? You didn’t look for something special, you didn’t consider the status of the beer in the context of the craft beer world and where it rates by style. When was the last time you simply thought, “Today’s a good day to sit down for a beer.”
“I’m in the mood for some Magic Hat.”
It was a simple enough statement made by my coworker, but not as easy to follow through on in an area where the Vermont brewery doesn’t have distribution. Thankfully, she’d made the comment within ear shot of the resident beer writer. Knowing I had the means to make it happen, we made plans to drink some Magic Hat in the near future.
The setting couldn’t be beat, a sunny afternoon in Sonoma County, a quiet park with just enough shade. On the menu was the Magic Hat Night of the Living Dead sampler with a trio of tacos.
The Ourtoberfest ale, Hi.P.A and Humble Patience poured freely and washed down our meal. As we sampled from each beer, not necessarily analyzing each, the pure enjoyment of a good lunch and a couple beers became evident. Conversation flowed, stories were told, and in the middle of a busy work week, a little relief was found.
As beer geeks, we love our beer and love to get involved in the drinking of the beer. While there’s a place for that, there’s also a place to get lost outside of the beer. As we watch our summer slip away into fall, give yourself that chance to enjoy an afternoon that’s not about the beer.
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