Well, absence makes the heart grow fonder so I won't beat around the bush and get going with the whole nine so as to not leave you behind the eight ball (which would be like bringing sand to the shore). As the new year shakes off its shiny clothes and we can start getting the ball rolling towards another successful year (in all aspects of the term - which is our wish for you and yours) you can bet your bottom dollar that we'll be armed to the teeth and busy as bees to bring you the best cheer and happiness that we could possibly muster. I hope that you've all been benefiting from the hay in the barn and that you all are digging your heals in and giving life the old college try.

You all know that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush so let's get to what we've got or what's coming on shortly in the world of beer:

 - Stillwater Stateside Saison: a diamond in the (not so) rough from Maryland. No need to reinvent the wheel here, just a straight up beautifully crafted Saison that's like a hot knife of goodness through the butter of your togune.

 - Lost Nation Petite Ardennes: the ball is in your court on this one as it doesn't bark of the wrong tree. An awesome rustic version of that Saison styyyyyle we were just talking about. Action's speak louder than words with this one.

 - Hill Farmstead Motueka Single Hop Pale Ale: it's like shooting fish in a barrel. I'll just let you marinate on that for a minute.

 - Lagunitas IPA: classically trained hands are the softest key strikers. Straight up the barrel IPA from our friends West of the Mississippi.

 - Zero Gravity Old Ale: think about a Barley Wine that just didn't want to get all of their ducks in a row. Not TOO strong but strong enough to leave their mark. Brilliantly executed.

 - Honeymaker Tea Mead: the oldie but goodie will be back on tap here at some point and you should run, don't walk to get here for it. It's a Honey Wine made with black tea, lemon and mint. Kind of like a Cold Toddy.

The end of this week will also see the return of Lawson's Finest Double Sunshine which will last about a quick as a New York minute so you should act like an acorn and not fall far from the TPT Tree. But, short pleasures are often long regretted.

Because an idle mind is the Devil's playground I had taken the bull by the horns this week and assigned myself a task. You see, dear reader, this has been the first installment of the cliche project. There will be another one in a couple of weeks leading up to the Super Bowl that's filled with strict sports cliches but I thought we should start here. If you want, there's thirty cliche's used in this note in total. You'd be the belle at the ball if you could find them all but I'll bet you a dollar to the doughnut that it'll be a tall task.

Alright my friends. I'll see you back here next week. Same Bat time, same Bat channel. Well isn't that the icing on the cake.


All Dressed Up and Nowhere to go Taproom.