This bit of tasty summer refreshment brought to you by the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
I’ve always been a little skittish around fireworks, probably because when I was a kid my cousins lit bottle rockets and shot them at my face. My only defense was to hide in the bushes, however, they quickly caught on and tried to flush me out by shooting roman candles directly into the shrubs.
To this day any loud noise that catches me by surprise makes me pee my pants a little. An unexpected crack of thunder, or Nick’s farts when he sleeps, for example.
As our family illegally sneaked onto the country club fairway for a close-up view of the fireworks Friday night, I wondered if my kids would have the same panicked and incontinent reaction I do when I hear things blow up. Fortunately they were mesmerized and I was properly self-medicated so all went well.
Numbing the paralyzing terror of fireworks aside, there is something about this time of year that makes beer taste especially glorious. Maybe because it is really really hot, or maybe because my kids are out of school and have nothing better to do than fight over the pink paper plate holder and the idea of a nice frosty one at the end of the day is the only thing keeping me from picking up a bunch of hitchhikers and starting a theater company in my basement.
To celebrate my transitory sanity, this Friday Nick and I are heading down to the Budweiser brewery for their 2014 Biergarten Bierfest. $25 gets you a variety of beer (2 oz. samples of 15 beers) and food pairings, including Faust, only available at the Biergarten and the Budweiser Brew House at Ballpark Village (they’re pairing it at the event with Biergarten cheese, onion and bacon sliders).
There’s also a Belgian trio station (bay scallops paired with Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe), a But Light Lime “Ritas” station (Lime-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita, Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita paired with jerk chicken with pineapple and mango salsa), a Shock Top Station (classic Belgian White, Lemon Shandy or Twisted Pretzel Wheat paired with beechwood smoked ribs), and an Apple station (Johnny Appleseed, Shock Top Honey Crisp Wheat and Stella Artois Cidre paired with apple crisp and honey).
If you’re still conscious after I unloaded that pile of awesome on you, I’ll also mention that you get a commemorative glass and hat.
Sounds fun, right? You wanna go, right? Well who loves ya, baby? Say my name. SAY MY NAME! No really, say my name. To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favorite blog post on this site. And if this is the only blog post you’ve ever read of mine it really doesn’t matter – I’ll just be picking randomly from the comments tomorrow, Tuesday July 8 at 5:00pm so you could type in ‘turkey tits’ and you have just as good a chance at winning as anyone. I’m just interested on hearing what you like to give me ideas for future topics/direction.
The randomly picked winner will receive two tickets to the Budweiser Biergarten event this Friday, July 11 from 7-10pm.
And, if you don’t win tomorrow but want to come see me and say hi to me and Nick after we’ve had a few, tickets can be purchased here.
CONTEST RULES: Contest open to legal U.S. residents age 21 and over. Family members and advertising partners of site administrator are not eligible to win. Winner will be selected by site administrator among eligible entries on Tuesday, July 8 at 5:00pm CST. Prize may not be redeemed for cash. Winner will be notified via Facebook, Twitter and email. If winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, alternate winner will be selected.
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