See that picture above? That’s how my garage looks – overrun with elves (Mad Elf’s, to be exact). I have just about 100 of those little suckers in there, but I don’t feel it’s enough. I need more!
I’ve shared how Mad Elf is far and away my favorite of all the seasonal beers. It’s considered the Taste of Christmas in my house and has become the centerpiece beer for the holiday. I like to have one while trimming the tree, or watching A Christmas Story, or swearing at unbuilt bikes in the basement. These little fellas are my fruitcake, my figgy pudding.
Now the truth is, I don’t guzzle a bunch of them down in a sitting – that’d be nuts at 11% ABV – I like to slowly enjoy one as it warms in a goblet, feeling like the king of Christmas. As these are sippers, I tend to go through them more slowly than other beers, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking I need lots and lots and lots of them.
I’ve scored four cases of 12oz bottles so far, enough to get me through the holiday and well into January. But for some reason, my anxiety to procure more of them hasn’t eased. I’m stuck in Elf Hunting mode!
Maybe it’s because I’m excited about Christmas, and the act of buying Mad Elf is a harbinger of the fun to come. Or maybe it’s because this is one of my favorite beers of the year, and I know there’s a limited window in which I can stock up. Or maybe I’m a little OCD about running out before Christmas and missing out on that “magical” moment I have in my head, sitting in the living room in the evening after all the gifts have been ravaged open, gazing at the twinkling lights and enjoying the fact that my kids are young and sweet, I have a family that loves me, and I have many blessings which to count. Yeah, I think that’s the one.
At any rate, with that big ABV, this baby ages well, so I guess I can’t have too much of this very good thing. I’ll probably try to score a case or two more and be satisfied that I have enough. There should be plenty for the run up to Christmas, for the holiday week, for the month of January and to tuck a sixer away for my birthday in July. Heck, it might even last me until Christmas 2012!
But until then, there’s a little more hunting to be done. Guess I’m OCD about elves!
Have you ever gotten so hung up about a seasonal beer?