The Holiday season kills me every year. As an extrovert who’s easily excited about everything and has a mean case of FOMO, Chirstmastime + New Years is easily the most mentally exhausting time of year for me. Rushing around to parties, trying to get shopping done, visiting friends and family plus running the website, doing Harrisburg Beer Week planning, and getting to beer releases – it’s really easy to feel complete sensory overload.
This year, instead of letting the hustle and bustle take me over, I’ve decided to slow down a little bit. Make lists and prioritize, and spend more time at home. I also decided to try the relaxation method that has been all over the internet – adult coloring books.
I cozied myself up on the couch with my favorite blanket, Simcoe, and Magic Hat Feast of Fools and set to it. I wasn’t completely sold on the relaxing qualities of coloring, but I am definitely down to unwind with a great brew, so I figured if I couldn’t get into coloring I’d just drink my beer in peace.
This is going to sound ridiculous, but I loved it. I got so absorbed in picking colors and creating my masterpiece that I didn’t have time to think about anything else. It really works, so much so, that I even have an app on my phone know to design on-the-go. On top of that, I even got drunk coloring books for Christmas – expect more beer and coloring pairings in the future.
So, let’s talk about the beer, too. Magic Hat’s Feast of Fools is a new one for me. When I opened their press box to find a beer labeled as a limited-release holiday raspberry stout, I was obviously pleased. I really liked a lot of things about this beer, but I specifically liked that it didn’t taste like raspberry juice dumped in chocolate. I’ve had a lot of bad luck with fruit beers, so I was hesitant. The raspberry in this is subtle and balances well with the deep cocoa flavors and roasted malts. It’s a little thin in body for my preference, but it can be hard to make a 5% ABV brew have the thickness of a 12% brew. Oh, and for the record, Feast of Fools has a 94 rating on BeerAdvocate from the brothers.
How did you unwind this holiday season?