A Beer in Review

Well, it’s that time of year where we are supposed to count our blessings while we run to buy gift cards and the latest technological toys, only to have the moment come and go in a flash.  The December holidays are like a wedding — tons of planning, preparation, organization, purchasing, etc.  And then, all of a sudden, like a balloon that’s been popped by your five year old cousin, it’s all over.

It’s been a crazy 2010 for me, a true nomad who cannot stay in one place for too long without getting cabin fever (especially during the winter). In my travel adventures I have met many wonderful people, sampled great and not so great beer, and volunteered at brewfests like an eager schoolkid who squirms in her chair, raises her hand, shakes it feverishly and says to the teacher “ooh, ooh, pick me! pick ME!”  While I admit my blogging entries have been sparse as of late, it isn’t for lack of the love of beer.  Trust me, I love everything about it, from taking tours and learning about the process, volunteering, meeting the brewers, interviewing people, and of course, sampling the bubbly nectar.    In fact, I am longing to sip a fine Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale, as I did recently at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse.  Santa rolled in on his 18 wheeler sleigh, and carried a cask version of the ale.  Sublime.

It has been a true test for me these days to not imbibe one sip of Ithaca’s Flower Power, or Young’s Chocolate Stout, or a Kilkenny.  Unfortunately I am taking prescription medicine that will not allow me (for the time being) to have any alcohol.  This is torture, especially during the holidays.  The bright side is that 2011 is around the corner, and more adventures await.  In the meantime, I share with you a pictorial beer in review from The Hoppy Nomad’s lens. (Just click on the photo below for a slideshow.)  To your health, wealth, and happiness!  Cheers! (P.S. Check out some new video on my YouTube channel!)

2010 Beer In Review

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