2016 Craft Beer Advent Calendar – Day 2

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I remember the first time I really started to open my eyes to the joy of beer.

It was on my 21st birthday and I had been working for a landscape company on a job site. Now you see my birthday is in the beginning of July so it was no surprise it was a god awful hot day to be slinging dirt under a blistering sun.  That summer I remember it being so hot that we would usually pack at least 6 bottles of water per person and at least 3 would be frozen so as to still be slightly cool closer to the end of the day. My crew knew it was my birthday, there was plans of going out after work when my boss showed up to the site with a cooler full of beer. Ice cold beer. It was Rickard’s Red, my first taste of beer that wasn’t part of the big three and it was that day I understood what people meant about cracking open a cold beer on a hot day. Up until this point I had been ruining myself on overly sweet umbrella drinks and sexually named shots of liqueur. I don’t remember how I felt about the taste, I just knew it was exactly what I needed that moment.

So lets celebrate those moments with this stellar Ruby Ale from Parallel 49 Brewing Company. I had Gypsy Tears for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it just falshed me right back to younger days so it totally deserves a spot in the calendar. This smooth red ale has smoky undertones and hits at a plesant 6 ABV and 40 IBU.

Cheers to 24 days of beer.

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