Once again we organized the snow-gang and took to the driveways in a flurry. When it snows hard, I suddenly become the most popular guy in the neighborhood. Everyone knows I have a large snow blower. So we all get together, drink beer, and clear driveways. We take turns on the snow blower and the rest shovel. We got two feet of snow.
The bad news is this: I took Bub's advice and bought twelve large bottles of good Belgium ale, with the intent of taking them to N.Y. so that Hot Lemon, Norton, and the Country Monk and I could sit down and have a good ol' fashioned beer tasteing. It was not to be. I took the beer to Tiki and it was consumed.
We sampled the offerings of the Ommegang Brewery, Belgium style beer from Cooperstown, N.Y. and my, was it tasty. We started off with Ommegang Abbey Ale and it was a tremendous hit and one of the best ales I have ever had, bar none.Then we moved on to the wheat beer "Witte". It had a full body, but a very powerful citrus/lemon flavor. We all agreed that this would be an excellent summer beer, but it just didn't seem to be the right thing to quaff after moving several feet of snow.
Then we went on to my personal favorite, the Three Philosophers. This is a most excellent beer and I recommend it highly, as it has a wonderful cherry finish, but be careful, it is 9.8% alcohol, so it tends to pack a punch.
I'll be honest, after spending four hours out in the snow, and spending another hour warming your backside by the wood burning stove, you tend to develop a thirst, as wood heat tends to be such a dry heat. I had a glass more of the Three Philosopers than I should have and left eary as it tends to sneak up on you if you are trying to thaw out parts of you that haven't checked in in a while.
Needless to say, I slept soundly.
I look forword to catching up on your blogs as quick as I can, but the kids tend to monopolize the computer during the day, but I will be stopping by.