For this installment, dear reader, we will be discussing the most recent literature published and its relevance to the holidays at hand. You see, the holidays are a time where no matter what your beliefs are, the air about town is undoubtedly raised to an overall merriment level.  

If I do nothing at all, it is to read a lot.


Not even that statement makes sense to me and apparently, I read a lot.



Or, I just choose to make up things before you and I talk about the beers that are going to be on tap soon probably for my own enjoyment but there are totally underlying hopes that there’s a chuckle or two thrown out into the ether by my hands. Before we get too into the breakdowns of the greatest pieces of literature written by humans about holidays in the history of the world I would be remiss if I didn’t again remind you that today (it’s Wednesday – which in Latin means “The day that weds nesday”) we will be donating 10% of our Bar Sales ALL DAY to the striking Fairpoint workers. So, show your supporting side. Also, yesterday’s special tapping of the keg award went to Allagash Curieux (come get it Newton!), so that’s on right now which is really nice for you.





I’m done with the whole “speaking truths” thing. It’s time to review books!



Jane Austin’s Emily Post is My Hero : Part 1 – Wow. This one was a real nail-biter. To watch Jane Austin watch Emily Post watch everyone in the room committing horrible acts of etiquette during the holidays was something that I got to read. I did read it, honest. The way Jane’s words came out of the paper that I was reflecting my mobile reading device that I got for my birthday onto was for sure in English so I understood about half.



Pablo Neruda’s Silent Night at The Forum: I know, I know. I talk about hockey too much. But, I wasn’t even aware that Mr. Neruda was even a hockey fan let alone a Habs fan at that. But, we all know that now. Mr. Neruda’s description of Ken Dryden’s hairline was surely what kept me up when the power came back on and all of the lights in the house were suddenly all lit at the same time.



Charles Dickens’ Dharma Bums – The Story of Tortilla Flat Told By The Tortilla That Never Exists In The First Place So Why Is It Called ‘Tortilla Flat’: A crossover classic. Mr. Dickens doesn’t have to travel too far from his “ghost” tree to get this story rolling in a quick way. And by “rolling” I mean down to the bar so that people can drink jugs of wine in a fire tower.



There you have it!



Those are my top three picks to celebrate your holiday happiness!


Ok; back to being serious.




Beer is serious.



Let’s talk about beer then.



I guess we should start by telling you a little about that beer that went on yesterday (meaning, in Latin “YES! Ter the Day!”). Allagash Curieux is a Belgian Style Tripel (which means it’s light in color but is up there in the alcohol department),which is aged in Bourbon Barrels. I have no clue why so many people love this beer. That’s not the truth.


We can also talk about Jack’s Abby’s Kiwi Rising. There, we talked about it. [Double India Pale LAGER that’s made with a whole host of New Zealand hops – hence, the “kiwi” – which I really hope is not derogatory to my friends in New Zealand…LOVE YOU MEAN IT!!! – you never know who doesn’t like the word “hence.”]


Mayflower Porter should also be mentioned here along with the fact that we have gift cards, which make a perfect gift in the shape of a card. And, it tastes great as an American Porter.




They’re fastly approaching folks (the holidays that is) so keep in mind that you all love each other and you like each other most of the time so let’s all act like it.





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