I know it has been a very, very long time since I’ve written, but I felt compelled to do so after this week’s winter weather. This winter has had twists, turns, ups and downs. In December, I won a contest at my “real” job that netted me $1,000 for what I considered “doing my job”, but I wasn’t going to argue. By March, I had had enough with the winter, so the family and I took a road trip to Florida. I discovered an amazing liquor store, Total Wine and More, they had beer from every corner of the nation, including my hometown favorite, Summit. I picked up a grocery cart full of beer from the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, all of which are not available here in Minnesota. These beers included, The Pike Brewery(Seattle), Diamond Knot(Seattle), Dogfish Head(Delaware), Bear Republic(California), and Anderson Valley(California). I was in beer lovers heaven. I would suggest trying any and all of these if you have a chance. We returned from Florida in late March with the thought that winter would be on its last legs…WRONG! We were greeted by a blanket of new snow and as we all know, it was far from over. As April dragged on and snowfall records broke and I was BROKE, I couldn’t wait for May and warm sunshine and cold beer. My wife lost her job due to lack of things to do, I was greeted with a massive tax bill due to my idiocy while unemployed for a year between May 2011 and May 2012. Now I’m in need of extra income, so if any Beer Northers have any ideas, I’ll listen. Well, here we are and it is still below 50 degrees as I write this and last evening I was in the mood for a winter standard, an Imperial Stout. And what a choice I had left in the fridge, North Coast Old Rasputin, amazingly perfect for a cold dreary evening to watch an NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game. I also imbibed on a couple of Southern Tier Live, a beer I hadn’t tried before, it is a bottle conditioned pale ale. It is crisp, hoppy and refreshing which I would rate about 3 pints. According to the “experts” next week, Spring will make it’s return, we’ll see. The American Craft Beer Week starts May 13th and I really, really want to be able to enjoy a cold beer under the warm sun. I will also make a return to update you on the events in the Beer North area tied to Craft Beer Week… Enjoy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow and raise a pint to our Mexican neighbors!!
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