Giving Thanks For Craft Beer… And Of Course All The Other Stuff

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Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.
Eckhart Tolle


The world has been kind to the drinkers and producers of craft beer.

As it follows – now that there are over 4,000 American craft breweries, now that the average American need only travel 10 miles to consume beer directly from the source, and now that the old-guard macro beer manufacturers have become craft industry trolls – the world has become a favorable place for craft beer bloggers as well.

The Brew Studs blog was launched on May 6 this year, and in just a short, almost-seven months we’ve been able to attract over 60,000 unique visitors to the site. In that same time, we’ve published over 100 posts by over 20 contributing authors. To say the least, we have a lot to be thankful for.

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving tradition and in honor of the blessings that craft beer fans have experienced as of late, a few of the Brew Studs contributors wanted to take the opportunity to share what they’re thankful for this year – beer and non-beer.

When you’re done reading, please share with us in the comments section what you’re thankful for – beer and non-beer.

Blake Horsburgh, Owner and brewmaster at Fifty West Brewing Company

I’m thankful for Orval. It’s a very impressive beer. The monk’s brew is filled with complexity, nuances, and a soul. The beer is so interesting to me. The malt, hops, and funkiness play so well together at all points in its life. It is really cool to try one fresh and one aged side-by-side. I’ll probably do that on Thanksgiving day.

I’m thankful for beer that is made by brewers with integrity. I’m also thankful for the ability to manipulate yeast into metabolizing like it’s Thanksgiving every day!

And a message from the whole Fifty West family

Our brewery is thankful for a lot of things. Actually, we’re thankful for just about everything. The fact that we get to wake up and do what we love every day. That we all have clothes on our backs and roofs over our heads. That there’s less than a month before the sun starts to come back. And, last, but certainly not least, friends, family, food, and beer!

Abby Sweet

I’m thankful for Founders Breakfast Stout. This time of year is not the holiday season, it’s Breakfast Stout season. What? It’s a thing. With a limited run and coming out only once a year, I start scouting out my local store for the first shipment every fall. It’s probably the only beer I stockpile like a doomsday prepper. In the off season, I tide myself over with Boulevard Dark Truth Stout, which is a close second, but available year-round (thank goodness).

In reality, I’m wholeheartedly thankful for my family, and my husband in particular. He gets my twisted, mostly bad, sense of humor and he’s the best friend anyone could ask for.

Donald Edwards

I’m thankful for living in a place with such an incredible local and statewide selection of craft beer, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Lakefront, Sprecher, MKE Brewing Co, Brenner, Capital, Central Waters, New Glarus, O’so, Ale Asylum, All The Green Bay Breweries and every other Wisconsin craft  brewery, I love you all.

I’m also endlessly thankful for my two healthy, happy and way too smart daughters – I may be in over my head.

And of course I’m thankful for the entertainment provided by The Green Bay Packers.  They’ve taken my mind off the winters by treating me and other Wisconsinites to playoff appearances in 17 of the last 22 NFL seasons – on our way to 18 of 23.  We are truly spoiled fans.

Have a Hoppy Thanksgiving!

Kyle Rheiner, newest Brew Studs contributor

As we get into Holiday season here… I can’t wait to take a small break from the grind, to see family, to watch a ton of football and crack open a Double IPA or three, or… seven?  Maybe over the course of a few days.  Relax, I do have some willpower.  That said, I’d have to say I’ve deemed a Pale Ale is my favorite style of beer, but I’m also very thankful for the aroma of a Double IPA that jumps up and smacks you in the face like when you open a can of 077XX from Carton Brewing Company in NJ.  That flavor and aroma is all pent up inside that 16oz orange, white and navy can… then you crack it, and BOOM. Fantastic-ness for your nose.  Is that a word?  This beer has a golden-orange color, a dry mango, floral and sweet sort of smell.  Then you take a gulp – you’ll get a clean, hop-forward, grapefruit, pineapple, dry, clean taste. It’s a tough beer to get today and I may have just talked myself into a 2 hour drive to pick some up this weekend; you should do the same.

I’m thankful for those brewers out there pushing the limits of brewing so we don’t have to drink watered-down, tasteless, colorless, odorless beers.  I’m thankful for those brewers generating tons of jobs and tax money for the economy. I’m thankful that we just got back to the amount of breweries we had before Prohibition (because now there’s good beer everywhere you turn). It’s funny, I’ve brainwashed my wife. She no longer enjoys the flavorless, odorless beers everyone was accustomed to.  She needs a Saison or Hefe and enjoys pairing beers with our meals.  I’m thankful for those meals too. They’re delicious.

I’m thankful for my wife and kids… for when the kids are crying in the middle of the night but smile when they see your face, and they go back to bed. I’m thankful for the times they sleep through the night (Annie is 3, Lily is 1). I’m thankful for their grandparents, who will take the kids off our hands anytime just so we can take some time to clean the house – haha.

All in all, I’m thankful for health, happiness, and the ability to laugh and make others laugh.  Cheers, Beers, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Jeremy Fultz, Editor

There is one beer, brewed right in my home state of Ohio (#GoBucks, #WhoDey), that never fails to let me down, and for that I am truly thankful. Head Hunter IPA is brewed all the way up near Cleveland, in North Olmsted, and I live in Southern Ohio. Thank god Fat Heads distributes all over the state. You might think me simplistic for showing my highest level of gratitude for an IPA, but that would mean you’ve never tasted Head Hunter. Let’s just say it’s having access to a beer like that that helps me be content with living in the flat, humid, pollen factory of a state that is Ohio. But don’t take my word for it, this The Beerists podcast episode will get you curious enough. Try not to get turned on, though. The stars of the show have quite the audible beergasm when tasting it.

Aside from beer – now don’t get all cheese ball on me – I’m thankful for the Brew Studs readers, those who follow us and engage with us on Twitter and Facebook, and absolutely for everyone that participates in America’s favorite craft beer hashtag every Tuesday. This has been the most fun 6 or 7 months of my life, and probably the busiest. I think I speak for the rest of the Brew Studs contributors as well, for whom I am also immensely thankful.

The other reason 2015 has been the greatest year of my life thus far is that I’m a new dad. This year I am most thankful for my awesome son and his fabulous mother, who has put up with more than you can imagine – from both the kid and his father.

Cheers to everyone, and I hope you all have the most wonderful Thanksgiving possible!

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Brew Studs Founder, Editor. Homebrewer. Good Damn Beer Drinker. Steward to Craft Beer Nation.

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