“April seventh is here, and it is a real occasion for thankfulness, marking a newfound freedom for the American people, made possible by the wisdom, foresight and courage of a great president and the cooperation of an understanding Congress. There is a song in our hearts: it’s ‘Happy Days Are Here Again.’ And they are here again, for out of a maze of confusion and anxiety has come a beacon light to guide the way to better times. Happy, grateful men are back to work after what seemed an endless idleness.
Once again, freight cars are rolling in, loaded with grain from American farms, bottles and cases and various equipment, as well as coal and supplies from industries long suffering from the Depression, while others soon will be rolling out and onward, contributing their share toward the rehabilitation of industry, agriculture, and transportation…a new and greater era looms on the horizon for our people, one that will result in a happier and more secure existence for us all.
Good night, and good luck. Beer is now being served.” Gussie Busch, “Reading from a script he surely had not written but every word of which he certainly believed,” as quoted in Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder
Over the weekend, we had our annual Oktoberfest celebration. It’s nice to have one holiday with a somewhat fluid date, so that I can fit it into our schedule, instead of the other way around!
We made soft pretzels, and a cheddar-beer fondue to dip them in:
For dinner, there was Jaeger schnitzel with noodles and sauerkraut:
And, the real star of the day, Black Forest cherry torte for dessert!
Last night, before going to the baseball game, we went to the Flying Saucer for dinner. I’d never been there before, and the food (and beer!) was really good!
I tried a flight of German beers, all of which were new to me, by brewer or variety (or both!). I liked them all, but the kölsch was my favorite.
I ordered something off the appetizer menu for my dinner: the Hungry Farmer. You can choose either three or five selections of meat and cheese–I went with three. I had black pepper salami, brie, and cotswold…it was delicious! It also came with a selection of crackers, apple slices, tapenade, mustard, and almonds, which I wasn’t expecting, but complemented the meal perfectly. The menu offered a beer pairing suggestion for each selection, but since I already had my beer flight, I didn’t need to try any of those…maybe another time.
It was the perfect place to eat before a game. It’s literally within a stone’s throw from the stadium, and the types of food offered are just what you want to eat on a game day. We got there before it got too crowded, which I prefer, but it was nice to see that most of the customers there were in their Cardinal red just like we were. I would definitely like to go back and try something new!
While driving around looking at Christmas lights tonight, we saw this:
After I finished laughing, I had a flashback to my childhood. Most children leave out milk and cookies for Santa, right? Well, in my house, we left out cookies and…you guessed it…a beer. “Santa” was no big fan of milk (hated it, actually), but beer he was good with. I guess we weren’t the only ones, though…these folks clearly have the same idea!
Today in school, we learned a bit about the state of Wisconsin, which was particularly interesting to Turkey and Bunny, since they have lived there. After we learned about dairy production in the state, I asked them to guess what the state beverage is (milk).
Without blinking, without even thinking, Turkey immediately responded, “Beer!”
He may have only been a toddler when we lived there, but he certainly knows the state of his ancestors well!
This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption. Let us give praise to our maker and glory to his bounty by learning about… beer! Michael McShane as Friar Tuck in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves