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Holiday Survival Kit

12-21-2012

Holiday Party Survival Kit

Congratulations! We all survived the apocalypse and hopefully managed to enjoy some end of the world brews along the way (I’m looking at you, Stone Enjoy By IPA). To ensure everyone survives all of the holiday parties that go along with it, here is a survival kit for the holiday weekend.

 

1. Theme Song: "The Season’s Upon US" by the Dropkick Murphys.

The perfect song to manage any holiday party or family drop in. It reminds us to accept family and friends and all that they bring with them, rather welcome or not, and enjoy it as much as we can. Also, it is a great holiday drinking song. 

On a side note; who is fondly reminded of their own family while watching this video?


 

2. Beer: The perfect holiday gift, even if it is just to yourself.

For a beer that tastes phenomenal and that may fit your mood or, that of those around you, I suggest Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA, or Samuel Adams Merry Mischief.

 

3. Beer and Whiskey Cocktails: When beer just isn’t enough.

No, these aren’t your typical boilmakers. In fact, beer cocktails are growing in popularity and sophistication with craft beer’s growth.

 

The Steamroller (from Chow)

1 oz. St. Germain (a delicious elderflower liqueur)

1 oz. lemon juice

1 oz. rye whiskey (or bourbon, because I like bourbon best)

½ oz. cherry liqueur

1 bottle Anchor Steam (the full-bodied brew provides a bubbly and crisp dynamic)

Combine all other ingredients, other than the Anchor Steam, shake with ice and then strain into pint glass. Top with beer and a lemon twist.

 

The Chocolate Firestouter (from Beermixology)

1 oz. Kahlua

1 oz. Scotch. The recipe calls for orange flavored but that’s optional

4 oz. Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout

2 slices of a medium hot chili (poblano peppers are best for their smokiness, which adds to the scotch)

Dash of chocolate bitters

Shake ingredients, other than the beer, together. Then, mix in beer. Strain into a martini glass for added classiness. 

 

4. Escape Supplies: mittens, scarf, hat.  

Keep them on you at all times for those impromptu snowball fights or to make a hasty goodbye out the backdoor.

 

5.  Your Christmas Grumpy Cat: because Grumpy Cat makes everything better. 


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