(Emily took this photo of the menu Tracey made for the first leg of her four stage birthday)
I have been both lazy & busy this weekend! Lazy because, when left to my own devices, I haven't gone to the gym. Not even a little! I played some video games, but that is...about it. Oh, I did wrap some X-mas presents & put out the fiberoptic tree. Busy because I've had a social life, which is the darnedest thing! Freyja's day was Tracey's birthday--well, part of it. She staggered it to Saturn's day (twice!) & Sun's day, too, but Freyja's day was the one I actually showed up for. It was a blast? I had a great time. The absinthe & martinis may have contributed to that? But it was a good crowd. For a while book people sort of took over the conversation-- bookstores & publishers all! It was a fun time. Sam set himself up as bartender & was awesome, really awesome at it. I call the event a spectacular success-- then of course Saturn's day morning I was paying for it. I burned the barn down!
Then last night Jenny came home (finally! I was missing her all day) & decided we should have a date night at Beer Table. Beer Table is a little nook of craft beers; but unlike a lot of places you might go for arty beers, the aren't the "here are the kegs we have on tap!" variety. Though they do have three taps open, they also have a menu of select bottles, which is where the fun lies. First, be braced to look at the prices, & make sure you are comparing the prices to the bottles. This is a lot like buying wine, actually, but you know, beer. That said, I think buying beer is easier than buying wine. Anyhow, don't be intimidated; the staff is okay, don't make you feel like a dolt, & the menu is great. I really like the menu-- all descriptive words, done really evocatively. I got the Harvey's A. le coq 2003, aka the Imperial Russian Stout, which is apparently the beer Catherine the Great liked. It was the darkest one on the menu, & the words describing it were bizarre: "cigar smoke" & "balsamic" are the ones I remember. It was pretty great, but I don't know if I could drink two! It wasn't fizzy, & smelled almost like port it was so thick. Also: I like hops, & Jenny doesn't. We split a plate of sausages & a bowl of olives, then we went down to Commonwealth & I had another Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, which is super hoppy & I really really recommend. Then we came home & I made Jenny read Mouse Guard & she didn't care about it?! Blasphemy, horror. Then we watched Men of a Certain Age, which had some funny bits but is maybe too dark, too given to the characters being failures, for me to like.