We came to Redbud filled with hopes and dreams of a better life. And basically, we've seen those hopes and dreams crushed and battered before our very eyes.
Do you love Chevy Chase? I love Chevy Chase.
Funny Farm ranks in the Top 10 Films I've Seen 25+ Times. It's just one of those movies that will randomly air on a Sunday afternoon while I'm folding/cursing laundry. And I'll keep it on. Every time.
While they're no Clark and Ellen, Andy and Elizabeth Farmer are humorous to watch as they unsuccessfully attempt to live a life in the country.
Lamb fries, anyone?
Since I've been neglecting the "three sheets" side of the blog as of late (plus, my mixer would appreciate the day off), today's post is dedicated to a fine, well-crafted beer.
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere, a farmhouse ale.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales brews out of Dexter, Michigan. I bought this bottle when I was in San Diego last September for Mike's birthday brewstravaganza. Unfortunately, they don't distribute Jolly Pumpkin in the DC area so I had a few mementos shipped with us on the flight home.
What's a farmhouse ale, you ask?
10 second history lesson (15 if you're a slow reader):
Also commonly known as a "saison" (for those of you who opted for Spanish in high school, that's French for "season"), farmhouse ales originated in the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium. They were brewed in the winter so that when the warmer months rolled around, farmers could refresh themselves after a hard day's work.
Farmhouse ales are typically pale in color, rich in spices, moderately tart and have a yeasty, almost earthy quality to them.
Complex. Like a ball of Christmas lights.
We have only two rules in our home:
1. No shoes in the dojo.
I missed, as usual.
Pour until you get two-fingers worth of frothy, creamy head.
That's what I'm talking about.
Hazy with bits of yeast sediment. Notes of lemon and apple, crisp, mild tartness with no lingering sourness on the tongue. Clean, dry finish. Perfect for a Summer day.
Apparently, reviewing beer makes me lose the ability to form complete sentences.