When used together there may be no sadder words in the English language than "No Beer." Alas, they are the operative ones to capture the absence of our regular Beer of the Week feature. I came down with a rather nasty head cold this week and it has diminished both my thirst for and ability to appreciate the tastes of beer. I hope that such conditions do not prevail much longer especially as we head into a holiday weekend. Meanwhile, I’m becoming reacquainted with my old friend brandy and even dipped into a mixology book last night to explore new ways to enjoy. I expect that my senses will return to their senses at some point soon and Beer of the Week will return to its regular schedule next Friday.
Those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy beer as usual should take advantage of the opportunity to do so early and often this weekend. While you’re at it you’ll also want to take at least a moment to raise a glass in memory of all those who have fallen in order to provide us with the freedom to celebrate in such a fashion. And on Memorial Day itself, I encourage you to partake in the events in your community that honor their sacrifice.
A couple that are close to home for me:
Golden Valley Memorial Day "Flag Row"
Starts: Thursday May 26th by 6PM
Ends: Memorial Day May 30th at 5PM
Location: 1 1/2 mile stretch on Golden Valley Road between Hwy 100 and Winnetka Ave N
Drive or walk eastbound down Golden Valley Road for 1 1/2 miles and reflect on the meaning of the holiday as you view a combination of over 600 American and Pow/Mia flags on display along the curb line. "It's Not Just Another Day Off"....the day has meaning....honor the fallen and over 88,000 Pow/Mia's still unaccounted for.
St. Louis Park Memorial Day Service:
Join the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion in honoring those who have served our country. The service begins at 11 a.m., and the flag will be raised at noon.
Monday, May 30, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Wolfe Park,3700 Monterey Drive
Free - no registration required