I’ve said it before (for instance, here) but it bears repeating: Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. I love everything about it, from the mythology to the mashed potatoes; from my family’s adherence to our culinary traditions (like this regional requisite) to the outlandish reinterpretations I’ve encountered elsewhere (like this ghastly gallinacean); from the nearly non-secular… Continue reading Sacre Bleu! The Best French Beers for Thanksgiving May Be Made in America
In our house, we are celebration opportunists. Holiday hedonists, so to speak. Festivity freeloaders. Promiscuous party-makers. Jamboree joiners. Etc. In other words, we honor and participate in just about every traditional fanfaronade that pops up on the calendar. No matter what religious or cultural affiliations are ascribed to it, as long as there is food and… Continue reading Go Bavarian for Chinese New Year
A few weeks ago, a well-known and storied prognosticator delivered yet another of his dire predictions about the condition of the world as we know it. We will be locked in a state of stagnation, he said, a period characterized by frozen assets, low averages, and very little growth. Moreover, he gauged, this predicament would… Continue reading Who Cares What the Calendar Says, It’s Time to Think (and Drink) Spring
Pondering which beers to serve with the upcoming Easter meal got me thinking about the celebration itself. And you know, I gotta say, as holidays go, Easter is a bit silly. At least on the surface, in the way we Americans do it. (Of course, to a devout agnostic, all Americanized, religiously affiliated holidays seem… Continue reading When It Comes to Easter Beers, Don’t You Want Some Bunny to Love?
When I started this blog a year ago or so, one of the first things I wrote about was my experience trying to find the right beer to go with a dinner of cheese quesadillas, salsa, and my wife Amy’s fresh guacamole. It was a non-event, really, held on an ordinary Thursday, with no particular… Continue reading Oh Me, Oh My, Oh, What Beers Should We Drink-o on Cinco de Mayo?
Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. Hands down. That’s partly because it is the most under-appreciated and misunderstood of all the celebrations yearlong, falling as it does somewhere between the great vacation migration of Labor Day, Halloween’s rising tsunami of sweets, and the madness of the so-called “holiday shopping season.” It’s certainly the most likable of the… Continue reading Giving Thanks With (and for) Beer