How does that saying go again? “One man’s burrito is another man’s beer.”
I don’t think that’s it, but that was certainly operating procedure yesterday, as Matt and Jenni Van Wyk rolled through town on their Oregon Trail. They walked in the door with beery gifts from Matt’s award-winning days at Flossmoor Station. While I had homebrews for them to try, my reciprocation took the form of salsa and electric burritos. The barter system is alive and well, and when mixed with good company (and beer), I can’t think of anything better. The economy was good yesterday. Delicious, in fact.
With Sarge, X-IPA and Wooden Hell to go, Michelle and I tucked into Collaborative Evil last night, the special occasion being the fact that we had a bottle of Collaborative Evil in our possession. A 10% abv Belgian Style Ale brewed with raisins, honey and spices, this beer is part of a collaboration with Todd Ashman (FiftyFifty) and Zac Triemert (Lucky Bucket). It’s a goblet of deep mahogany with healthy slices of spices wrapped around raisins and malt depth. The alcohol was amazingly well-hidden. Good stuff.
For more on the Van Wyk saga, check his new home at Oakshire Brewing. Looks like there may be updates along the Trail…
PS–did anyone else notice that two of the big items on Matt’s list before starting his new job were going to Belgium for beer and going to Corning, Iowa for beer?