Friday, December 26, 2008

Days of the Beer, December 26

The beer for today is Sam Adams Double Bock.

It's December 26, so that means... It's Boxing Day! (also known as the day where you go stand in line with gift receipts because you didn't like the crap that you got for Boxing Day Eve)

Boxing Day is a day when the wealthy give gifts to their employees or people in a lower social class (household servants, or other service people).

No, Boxing Day has nothing to do with the Festivus "airing of grievances" or the "feats of strength".

Boxing Day is on the same day as the Feast of Stephen, but in the religious dumbing down (secularization) St. Stephens Day was replaced by the less religious Boxing Day (at least in the U.K. and their territories). In the Christmas carol, Good King Wenceslas, that happened on Boxing Day.

As to the beer:

Sam Adams Double Bock, is a Doppelbock, produced by the Boston Beer Company.

Dark ruby color, strong malt and caramel character; very smooth, full-bodied, low/medium bitterness.
The beer comes in at 8.8% ABV, so if you have enough, it will knock you on your ass.

If you see a panhandler today, give him a buck that you normally wouldn't. Be thankful for what you have. Then go have a Sam Adams Double Bock. Boxing Day will thank you.

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