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Gift Giving

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About
GIFT GIVING

I Learned From Beer

“Beer is the perfect gift.  No one cares how much you spent, you don’t have to worry if it fits, and no one will ever return it.”

– Chad Pilbeam – Beer Logic

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

 

NO!  Beer is NOT the reason for the season, but every season has a reason!  Summer, Christmas, School… all of them.  And with every season there are inevitably gifts.  Housewarming, celebration, recognition, farewell… they all usually have some token of appreciation or affection of love.  And with those seasons, we beer lovers enjoy having a beer; so there is no reason to not have beer as a gift.

  • If you love beer then you love receiving beer.
  • If you give beer, it’s almost a gift for yourself – they usually share!
  • It tells someone that you want them to have more enjoyment from the season.
  • You never have to say “I hope you like it.”  They do!
  • There is a beer for every budget.  And if that budget is $100, you just buy more.
  • Beer works for “appreciation” and “sincere” gifts just as well as “gag” and “white elephant” gifts.
  • Ancillary gifts are easy to buy: glassware, openers, nuts, meats, desserts, clothing…

Beer.  The gift for any season that has a reason to give one.

(Note: Beer Logic’s Chad Pilbeam, is certified “world’s worst gift wrapper” but he knows how to pick out a beer for you.)

 

STUPID CHRISTMAS PRESENTS

Don’t buy these for Christmas (or any other occasion)!

HOPPED UP COFFEE
It’s a 12 ounce bag of coffee for $24. Sure it has barley in it, but you still don’t get beer. (That’s some expensive “brew”).

BLOOMING-ALES
Why settle for a free pint glass that you can get from one of those pint nights when you can spend $78 on a set of four glasses from a high-end department store?

$95 BOTTLE OPENER
The amazing feature on this bottle opener is that it opens bottles.  Sure it’s made of reclaimed materials from a Frank Lloyd Wright home, but it still just opens bottles.

BEER TASTING JOURNAL
For only $24 you can have your very own pocket size journal to chronicle all the beer drinking you’ve done.  Or, you can use the free pocket sized one on your phone called Untappd.

BEER PURSE
Hey guys, want you look fashionable with your “Murse”?  Excuse me, “Men’s European Shoulder Bag”.  It’s exactly what it sounds like, only it’s for beer, and doesn’t hold ice, and won’t keep your beer cold.  So it’s a cooler that doesn’t work and makes you look cosmopolitan.

THIS GIFT IS BEER LOGIC APPROVED: the Shower Caddy!  “Have a Happy Hour in the Shower.”..

…because not everyone has the resources to drink in the tub!

 

THE CHILDREN WERE NESTLED IN BED
AND BEER LEFT OUT IN THE BACK YARD

(And yet another disclaimer) NO!  Do not tuck your children into bed on Christmas Eve with beer!  And now, the “Hold my beer and watch this” story of the week.

Christmas Eve, 2009, Chattanooga, TN – 4-year-old Hayden Wright made sure that Christmas came early.  After being all nestled in bed, he just couldn’t wait for Santa to arrive so he got out of bed, broke the child-proof lock to get out of the house, got a beer from the cooler in the back yard, and then entered the neighbor’s house through an unlocked door, stealing five Christmas gifts.

His mother woke up around 1:45 a.m. sensing something was wrong, and discovered her son missing.  She panicked and set out to look for him after calling the police.  As she stepped out the door she found Hayden in the yard drinking a can of beer in a dress. As it turns out, one of the stolen gifts was a dress for the girl next door, and Hayden decided to put it on.

He was taken to the hospital for alcohol consumption and put on the “Naughty List”.  Child protective services investigated and they found no wrong doing, other than a 4 year old’s early start in a life of crime.

LISTEN TO WHAT’S ON TAP RADIO
 

WHAT’S TAP-PENING AT THE BYG

THURSDAY (4-7pm):
May We PRESENT to You “Beer with Mark and Chad”
Great beer with great beer people

FRIDAY (5pm-close):
Follow the Southern Star 
In the constellation known as the beer universe, Southern Star Brewery will guide your way.  Pint glasses and paraphernalia will be PRESENT along with our buddy “Beerbo Baggins” the Beer Hobbit!

TUESDAY (All Day):
Taco Tuesday Means 1/2 Price Draft Beer
“Tacos are meat and cheese and all kinds of other stuff GIFT WRAPPED in a shell or tortilla” – Chad Pilbeam

 

BEER LOGIC BEER REVIEW

“Don’t take my word for it, drink it yourself”
Chad Pilbeam, Certified Cicerone, Host of What’s on Tap Radio

 

ANCHOR CHRISTMAS ALE

Literally like a gift under the tree – you don’t know what is inside until you open it.  The beer (along with the tree on the label) is different every year (since 1975); and even then you don’t know what’s inside because they never share anything about the recipe (top secret).

Here is what Anchor says about the 2019 beer: “Slightly darker than last year’s Christmas Ale, the 2019 edition is layered with toasted caramel and coffee flavors with subtle hints of Mexican chocolate, rounded out with herbaceous spices. Crack open a bottle for a spiced whiff of western evergreens, roasted malts, and coastal flowers. It’s a rich, round and full bodied-treat with a silky, smooth finish.”

In the spirit of the season, I seek peace, so I don’t want to fight… but then again, they aren’t reading this, you are.

I found no layers of caramel, coffee, or Mexican chocolate.  The spice notes common with the style and Anchor’s typical interpretation of the beer style were also lacking.  However, the aroma is spot on!  When you open the bottle you are standing in a west coast forest of pine accompanied by an arrangement of wild flowers.  My first, second, third, and even final impression of the beer is that it drinks more like a Cascadian Dark Ale (Black IPA) than any festive winter warming holiday spice beer I’ve ever had.  It was a delight for me because I love the style, but if you don’t like hops and bitterness – ask for a sample before buying.  Still a well made beer, that in my assessment, doesn’t deliver on the description, but I actually prefer this to other years batches.

Note: as the beer warmed the malt became more apparent (as is the case in almost every beer) but it was still dominated by the dry bitter components
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RATING (USING CHRISTMAS GIFTS)

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A MALTY HOLIDAY SPICE WINTER WARMER
RATING: UNDERWEAR and VACUUM CLEANER (and not a RUMBA)

All you need to do is sample this beer next to any other Christmas or holiday spice beer and you will understand.  Conversely, if you sampled it with other Black IPAs, you’d find many similarities.  As for the notes of toffee and Mexican chocolate, I couldn’t find it.

IF YOU DON’T LIKE HOLIDAY SPICE BEERS BUT LIKE BITTERNESS
RATING: XBOX and BEER

If you weren’t told, you’d never know it was a holiday beer.  An awesome surprise if you were expecting Mexican Chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg and don’t like those things.

 
 
 
 

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