#DrinkUpLinkUp — Rivertown Pumpkin Ale

I’m doing my entry for #DrinkUpLinkUp a day late, because of Thanksgiving here in the US. My husband and I went to celebrate and eat a feast with friends yesterday. As we made our way through to say hello to everyone, a friend said, “Hey I brought some beers… they’re out on the deck. Help yourself!”

Beer? Help yourself? Uhm. OK!

So I went, opened the cooler and right on top, I knew I’d found my week’s review:

 Pumpkin Ale

 

I’d never heard of Rivertown Brewing Company, but I know I love pumpkin ales. So I grabbed it, popped the top and enjoyed. Nothing says Thanksgiving to me like pumpkin goodness!

Now, I drank it straight out of the bottle, so I can’t say anything about color, etc. I can say that I am certain it would have tasted more balanced had I grabbed a glass.

I liked it! It was actually perfect for what I had it as: a pre-dinner drink. It didn’t overwhelm my palette with spices, and at 5% ABV it had a little more kick than the beers I noticed others sipping (Michelob Ultra, Coors Light, etc.). It was certainly a pumpkin ale, which fit the mood of the day, but it wasn’t overtly so… which, as I said, it fit what I was drinking it as. If I’d been drinking it strictly for the beer angle, I’d have probably said, “Average.” But every beer has its place, and I think I had this beer at its perfect place and time.

As I said, I wish I’d grabbed a glass. As I got to the bottom of the bottle, the spices got stronger and I found myself swirling the bottle between drinks to help mix it all up. (Think like you’d pour a hefeweizen to get more of the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle.) Had I poured it into a glass, this wouldn’t have been an issue.

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Making Thanksgiving stand out…

I always feel like Thanksgiving gets lost. There is the big push for Halloween and the thrills and giggles of it. Then we run towards Christmas, and Thanksgiving ends up just being Black Friday-Eve… though this year, the madness begins ON Thanksgiving.

Whatever happened to taking time to count your blessings? Whatever happened to spending the day with family and friends? What happened to being thankful for what you have instead of focused on what you want to go buy?

One thing I’ve NEVER done is decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I’ve been steadfastly against it. I will NOT do that!

Then we got a mini-heatwave this week and I went, “Maybe we should decorate while its warm instead of waiting…”

So today, we dug out the Christmas decorations and I’m about half-way done with decorating our house. I thought I’d feel guilty for it. Something weird happened instead…

It made me even more thankful.

As I pulled out item after item, memories of when we got them came back to me. It made me look around and take note of so many blessings.

I’m thankful for family and for friends. I am thankful for a roof over my head, a vehicle to drive, and food in the refrigerator. I’m thankful for work to do, and more ideas than I can possibly put into action. I am thankful for all the hard times that taught me lessons about the world and myself. I am thankful for love, faith and hope. I am thankful for my health — even as I stop to blow my nose periodically. I’m thankful for God’s love being a constant in life.

Maybe Thanksgiving doesn’t end up getting lost after all. Maybe Thanksgiving stands out all on its own without having to try… because it really and truly lives in one’s heart as opposed to the calendar.

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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