We’re Alive and Well

Hi all, just a quick note to tell you Don and I are alive and well.  We’ve had some sad family business to attend to this week, and we’ve gathered in Milwaukee – the spiritual home of the Galligan clan – to see our dad off this mortal coil.  There’ll be a tribute to him here later this week, but it’s been hard to find the time to write much these past few days. 

Even in our sorrow, we’ve managed to find our way to Ray’s Liquor in Wauwatosa, where I picked up some New Holland Dragon’s Milk, a four pack of Ten Fidy, a Black Betty by Nebraska Brewing, some Bells Two Hearted, and an assortment of New Glarus products.  Don managed to snag one of the last bottles of New Holland’s excellent Brewer’s Whiskey.  Like last time, he managed to polish off the whole 375ml in a single night.  But unlike last time, he had a little help this go ’round.  🙂

My wife also offered to take us to New Glarus later this week, an opportunity that’s hard to pass up as long as we have the time to go.  I’m hoping we do.

Anyway, we’ll write when we can and we’ll definitely be back up to full steam next Tuesday.  Trust me when I say that we’re looking forward to everything getting back to normal.




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35 Comments on “We’re Alive and Well”

  1. August 30, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    Though I may sound stalkerish, I thought about you during the ‘cane.

    I’ll be looking forward to that tribute, and likely getting all teary and nodding when your dad starts sounding like mine. Best wishes and sympathy to you. I’m sorry to tell you, but no amount of beer, whiskey or other alcohol will make you miss your dad any less. That said, there’s no reason not to keep drinking, and raising as many glasses in his honor as you can.

    Be safe.

    • August 30, 2011 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks, Linda. I understand about the hurricane thing. My last transmission was “I’m in the path…” Then nothing. I can see how you’d think my house blew up or something.

      I agree that beer and whiskey can’t fill the hole, but that doesn’t make them any less spectacular. 😉

  2. August 30, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    My sincere condolences, guys. I’ll raise a beer tonight in his honor.

    Whenever yinz feel up to writing again, and if you of course deem it appropriate, I for one would be interested in a brief bloggy tribute to the Galligan patriarch, who was in some manner responsible for encouraging his sons to write about booze in their distinctive and compelling ways.

    • August 30, 2011 at 9:49 am #

      The tribute will come soon, I’m sure. I expect much talk of PBR,bourbon slushies and plaid pants and sideburns (at least in the 70’s!).

  3. August 30, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Sorry to hear this guys. I’ve lost both of my parents. Know it’s a horrible feeling. Hang in there.

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Thanks Dave. Our dad had been fighting off a bum ticker and some other stuff for a while and lasted much, much longer than anyone said he would, so it wasn’t unexpected. But it’s still hard.

  4. FatCatKC
    August 30, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Condolences from your friends in Kansas City.

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      Thanks FatCat.

  5. August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Well, I’m not sure if bourbon slushies are a good thing or a bad thing. But I’m intrigued non-the-less! Truly sorry for your loss, gentleman. Prost to your pops.

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:22 am #

      Bourbon slushes are a very, very good thing. At least that’s what I recall from when I was 11. 🙂

  6. August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Sorry to hear that Jim, Don… I too will raise a beer in his honor… cheers!

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks Jorge. Maybe even go for two. 🙂

  7. John King
    August 30, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    My condolences to you, Don, and the rest of the clan. I had sent Don a message earlier about GABF and he let me know Papa Galligan wasn’t doing to well. Enjoy the time with family and friends and Prost as best you can.

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks. And when you type Papa Galligan, I’m confident that you see a large bear in your head. 🙂

  8. August 30, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Very sorry to hear that guys, its a very difficult time for sure. My condolences.

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:25 am #

      We appreciate it Scott. We’re doing okay, but it’s a pretty sucky process to go through. Still, we’re lucky to have had someone so great for a dad.

  9. August 30, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Truly sorry to hear about your dad, even when it’s expected, it’s a tough thing to take. We went through something similar with my mother in law, and getting it out in words does help, that’s why she figured prominently in my post about Atlantic Brewing.

    I’ll definitely raise a beer in your dad’s memory when I partake this afternoon.

    Glad to hear you survived Irene. Did you get much flooding?

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      Thanks Will. I’m actually writing his eulogy now, and it’s hard but awesome at the same time, if that makes sense.

      I did okay in the flood. We left town on Friday when we got the news to make sure we could get out to Milwaukee, but reports from the folks looking after our place are that we got an inch of water in corner of the basement, which came down the chimney. It’s probably gone by now and everything was put up – we were prepared for the worst.

      Hopefully it won’t take much to get things back to normal.

  10. August 30, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    My condolences to you, Don, and the rest of the Galligan clan. Although I’m sure it’s a sad time for your family, I’m sure the fact that everyone managed to get together (especially you and Don) will make getting through this a little bit easier. That’s what family is all about.

    • August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am #

      Thanks G-LO. Us kids are scattered all over the world, and it’s rare for us all to get together. It’s been nice to be here with them and reminisce about what a good dad we have.

  11. Clayton
    August 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I’ll raise my next glass to you both! I can’t imagine how hard that must be!!! 😦

    • August 30, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Wait until Don and I have to read the eulogy tomorrow. If you thought my car was girlie, I can’t imagine what my weepy performance will make folks think!

  12. August 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Losing a parent is one of the hardest things in life to handle. But the biggest thing to remember is that he’s still alive in you and your children. Yes, mourn his passing, its a necessary process, but more importantly, celebrate his life. Remember the good times and leave the bad for later when you’re better able to handle those memories.

    Here’s a glass for papa Galligan–Slainte!

    • August 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks Massugu. We’re intending to do just that.

  13. BeerBanker
    August 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    My condolences to you both, Jim and Don. Glad to hear you weathered Irene alright but I know what it’s like to watch a parent decline and it’s pretty damn hard. Looking forward to reading some good stories about growing up with him. Slainte indeed.

  14. August 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Jim and Don, I’m sorry for your loss. Thinking of you both during this difficult time.

  15. August 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Sorry for your loss, guys. I’m glad you’re taking some time away from the blogosphere to be with family. Of course, I expect some incredible infographics when you do return.

  16. August 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Condolences to both of you. A toast to your father.

    • Don
      August 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

      Raised a glass of Noah’s Mill 114 to him tonight! I love that stuff, and I can actually get it here. It was a bit spendy, but Dad was more than worth it. I wish it was with him, but at least we can toast him with a real quality bourbon.

  17. August 30, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Very sorry to hear about your father. I’m guessing the condolences of a stranger on the internet aren’t very comforting, but I offer them anyway…

  18. August 31, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    Sorry to hear the news. Cheers to great memories.

  19. Rob Crozier
    August 31, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    So sorry for your loss – Angela and I want to convey are deepest sympathies and let you know that you and your family are in our thoughts.

  20. August 31, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    Wow. Sorry for your loss. I look forward to things getting back to normal for you as well. No need to hurry back. Your readership understands.

  21. August 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Sorry for the sad news, guys. I look forward to you honoring his memory.

  22. September 5, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    So sorry to hear of this. A raised Bourbon to both of you and your family.

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