Christmas is a time for giving, and this weekend I learned just how nice it feels to give someone a special beer, even someone who drinks Budweiser.
Annie and Bob are a young couple who recently moved into my town. We run in the same circles, and my wife and I have hung out with them a few times as part of a larger group. They’re a lot of fun to be around.
They are mostly a Budweiser folks, but my buddy Frank and I have been introducing them to the wonderful world of beer geekery over the past year or so, and they have seemed very receptive (at least they have sampled our nerdy beers without complaint!).
Even though we’re not yet BFF’s, Annie and Bob did us a nice favor this holiday season. Annie went out of her way to get us get a healthy discount on a special gift for our daughter, and then she schlepped the gift (which is large and heavy) all the way from the store to her garage. Did I mention she’s six months pregnant? She’s quite the trooper indeed!
I was heading over to their place on Saturday to pick up the gift, and got to thinking about what I could do repay their kindness (besides repaying them for the gift). Then I remembered an email Bob had sent me right after the premiere of Brew Masters. He wanted to know where he could get a bottle of Dogfish Head Bitches Brew, the beer that was featured in that episode. I told him that besides the one I might have buried in my garage (I couldn’t remember if I had one left), I didn’t know where else to look.
This exchange popped into my head, so I dug around in my beer collection and *bingo* found that bottle of Bitches Brew. I tucked it under my arm and headed over to collect the gift for my daughter.
I got a great response when I presented the bottle to Annie and Bob. Bob was appreciative, but Annie really lit up, which surprised me. She’s not much of a beer geek, but it turns out she is a huge Miles Davis fan. Apparently she had seen the episode of Brew Masters and was dying to get her hands on a bottle.
It was my pleasure to help her out, especially considering how she helped us out. Now she’ll just have to wait until her due date in March to enjoy it. Hopefully Bob can resist popping it open before then. 😉
Handing over that bottle of Bitches Brew made me realize how much I enjoy sharing really good and rare beers with people who appreciate them. I’m sure I got more pleasure giving that bottle to Annie and Bob than I would have if I drank it myself.
It feels good to do something nice for someone else while spreading the gospel of craft beer, and there’s no better time of year to do it. Beery Christmas, I say!
Do you have any plans to give a rare or special bottle of beer or booze to someone on your “nice” list (or someone on your “good-kind-of naughty” list)? As always, let us know below!