Amsterdam Big Wheel Deluxe Amber | Amsterdam Brewing Company | Toronto
I feel like I'm lacking excitement in my life. It's so true what they say - that you never really feel your heart thumping unless you're in some kind of crisis. Well, my heart has been thumping lately, but for different reasons. Good reasons? Perhaps. I want to share, but not too much.
It's been a busy, busy year actually. When it rains, it fucking pours, right? Of course I'm right. But it's when you're feeling secure, and arrogant, that you start fucking up. It's probably not ideal but I always feel a bit better when things are going to shit around me . . . something about being under stress that makes me focus and make good decisions. Fuck me, growing up sucks balls.
I went to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), sort of a big deal in Toronto - at the very least, it's a traditional end to the summer/beginning of the new school year. And I hadn't gone in an age. Right. So I should be a bit careful what I say next? Naw, screw it. I went with someone special and IT WAS A GREAT TIME. They had 17 of the best food trucks in Ontario parked there this weekend, and while a bit overrated, still a good experience. Shrimp tacos, an emphatic yes. A brightly-lit, noisy walk around, and really, you need to turn your brain off at these carnival games because, goddamn, we're being hustled every fucking which way. All in good fun though. Ferris wheel and all that, and although we didn't come home with any prizes (no Despicable Me minion), it was a lot of fun. And it's been a long time since I had lots of fun.
Right, so still working hard at writing and prepping applications. So much work. Shit. But Saturday, it was a perfect day for grilling, and oh yes, I had some fabulous Ontario brews in the cooler. This Big Wheel Deluxe Amber, an absolutely delicious, balanced beer, with all the harmony you want in a well made brew. Important to recognize that although we do want craft brews to say something, it still has to remain true to the great tradition of this is so refreshing I want to drink the whole 6-pack. And home-grown tomatoes (from my parent's church friend) are sweet and wonderful and all that, but what we really want in the end is a big chunk of beef sizzling on top of charcoal.
Almost too much of a good thing.