Thursday, November 4, 2010

DUDE REPORT: Beer and Beards

As parents we have learned the importance of being a step a head of your kids. Having a plan for a snack or nap can be very important to avoid a meltdown. While we of course want to teach our girls to be flexible too, a hungry 3 year old is hungry or tired 7 month old is simply no fun.

With this DUDE REPORT (the first non-sports DUDE REPORT) I want to list two examples of where I applied the proactive attitube to two aspects of my "dude life".

First, I started buying and drinking Octoberfest beer in early September. Octoberfest beer is my favorite seasonal beer. I anticipated my need, and was successful in being a step ahead. I analysis Octoberfest beer further later in this post.

Secondly, I started growing my beard for what I like to call “No Shave November” in early October. Again, if that doesn’t speak of being proactive, I don’t know what does. Don’t look now, but I just might have my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving!?!?!?

The "No Shave November" tradition started a couple years ago when I started deer hunting with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your feelings on beards, I plan to discuss my beard at least two more times during the month of November. Some many remember that I got some support with the beard last year. (The circus was in town)

Octoberfest Beer
As I mentioned, Octoberfest beer is my favorite season beer. Now that the calendar has turned to November, I wanted to reflect back on my favorite Octoberfest beers. Please let me know which ones I am missing and which are your favorites. Then together we can count down the days to next years “Octoberfest season”!

1) Hoptoberfest-New Belgium Brewing Company: From the makers of Fat Tire this seasonal beer took top honors for me this season. As you can see from the name it may be too Hoppy for the Octoberfest purist. In addition to not 100% knowing what “too hoppy” tastes like, Hoptoberfest was spot on for me.

2) Spaten OctoberFest Beer: Originally made on Munich, drinking this make me think that I was in Germany for Octoberfest. Going to Germany for Octoberfest is definitely on my bucket list. Buying it at my local Sam’s Club reminded me that I was clearly in America!?!?!?

3) Sam Adam’s OctoberFest: Sam Adam’s is always a favorite of mine. I wasn’t able to muster up the courage to buy or try their Harvest Pumpkin Ale, but it sounds intriguing and perfect for Halloween. Sammy’s Octoberfest were shared by a neighbor buddy who ranks this beer number one.

4) Leinenkugel’s Octoberfest: Pains me to have a Wisconsin beer earning a 4th place rank. I am always open to retesting, and I think the Leine’s many have fallen victim to my high expectations. I love the Sunset Wheat and Summer Shandy and the Octoberfest was a slight step back.

Octoberfest I would like to try: Lakefront Oktoberfest Lager Beer, Milwaukee, WI, Beck’s Oktoberfest, Germany, and Ayinger Oktoberfest, Germany to name a few!

Who knew being proactive could taste so good!?!?!?

1 comment:

  1. I have to admit that I've only had the sam adams, which I really like, but I think you'd enjoy Goose Island Brewing Company's Harvest Ale. It's a Chicago company with some great beer ( my favorite is their 312 ale which is a year round beer). THey only sell the Harvest Ale in Sept. and Oct., but if I can find it today I will send it along with Beth for the weekend