Monday, October 29, 2007

Potlatch with a Pot Lunch...

Okay, the 2nd Annual Bootlegger's Bliss is on a roll like a renegade keg barrel down a cobblestone street. There's no damn thing stops this ride! The high temperature on Satyrday is supposed to be about 57 60° F, with clear skies all day...almost perfect weather.

Those of you who have "registered" should look for a new email this evening that provides additional important details (for example, START TIME—thanks DT!). There's still room for a few more participants, so if you're genuinely interested, send an email to asap, and I'll add you to the rogues gallery. (UPDATE: Second email has been sent; check your mailbox.)

For now, one important reminder: in addition to the dirt ride and homebrew-tasting components, the Bliss is a pot lunch affair. Participants are expected to bring a dish that they can share with others. Homemade foods are the gold standard for all the obvious reasons (hint: this is a DIY event!). Think about your particular beer style, think about a complementary food, then make it and bring it! If your dish requires reheating, you should make the necessary arrangements (gas stove, etc.) to effect this in situ. We hope to have one gas stove on hand, but there's no guarantee, so please be prepared—cold chili is a crime...and not the good kind, either.

Also, rumor has it that a certain madly-skilled photographer will be clicking away in our midst, so pretty-up yourself if it matters to you!

Lastly, some early good news: looks like there just may be a little swag on hand for distribution this year, if all goes as currently planned, meaning if whUPS meets the scheduled delivery date.


"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?"
—Guy de Maupassant

"Relax. Don't Worry. Have a homebrew!"
—Charlie Papazian, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Homebrew Update: With secondary fermentation still limping along in the carboy, my Tripel Threat Belgian Ale is going to be on the green side come the day of raucous rapture. Looks like I'll be kegging in some capacity after all. Ah, well, not much to be done, besides reminding myself that additional waiting time just means more time for dry-hopping. Small consolation, but I'll take it.

Photo credits: B. Ramsey

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