A Merry and a Happy

It’s snowing here in Western Maryland. I usually stay on top of the weather forecast but this caught me by surprise. Considering the condition of the roads, it apparently caught the highway department by surprise as well.

The wife’s at work (she’s a nurse; she had to go) and the kids are nestled safely in bed. I’ve a winter warmer by my side and a cat in my lap. This is good.

As you look back on 2012, I hope there was more good than bad. (That applies to everything, not just beer.) I hope 2013 is even better. (Again, not just beer.)

What ever holiday(s) you are celebrating this season, I hope they are Merry, Happy, Joyful, and Blessed. And that there’s plenty of good beer, but that probably goes without saying.

Happy Christmas

You may have noticed that it’s been a little quiet around here. We’re all buried by end-of-year craziness which is really impinging on our drinking time. (Given the choice of too much work or being unemployed, I’ll take the former.)

We are, however, making sure we take time to be with our families. We hope you are too.

So, whatever you’re celebrating this time of year, we hope that you and yours have all the joys of the season and a prosperous New Year.

Beer News Sampler

Coors leads surge for clean water
Denver brewer donates $30,000 to effort to monitor and heal the Shenandoah River.

An airline named after a beer
One out of every three beers consumed in India is a Kingfisher. Can they run an airline? Apparently so.

Man steals beer from minor league baseball stadium
He got arrested for it in 2002 and received a suspended sentence. I doubt he’ll get such a deal this time.

Cheers for beer makers
Michigan craft brewers’ sales are up, but claim state law is stifling growth.

“Savory” Seasonals
American megabrewers Anheuser Busch and Miller are experimenting with flavored beers for the holidays.

Big dry lifts price of brewing beer
Drought conditions in Australia are making barley more expensive to grow, making malt and, thus, beer, more expensive to make.