Let me start by wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a very happy holidays! I’ll do some more “looking St Bernardus Christmas Ale back on the year that was” posts next week before New Year’s but for now just the well-wishing.

I hope that this holiday you find yourself out of harm’s way, able to put the stresses of daily life behind you — even just for the afternoon — and with the ones you love. Remember it’s greater to give (or share) than to receive and be thankful for all that you’ve got.

Celebrate these next few days with some special beer — pull something out of the cellar or spend a few extra dollars on that bottle you’ve been eyeing and pop the cork or cap with your family and friends. Beer is a social drink, brewed by loving hands (when done correctly, that is), meant for celebration and merry-making. So this holiday season, put aside the bullshit and the stress and the pain and the sorrow and pick up a glass of a nice, dark Winter Warmer (one for you and one for your neighbor) and celebrate life and celebrate light.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Solstice, everyone. And thanks for stopping by.

Salud, Prost, la’chaim and cheers!



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