Day 020 – Winter Daze

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Beer Stats

  • Brewery – Saddlebock Brewery in Springdale, AR
  • Beer Name – Winter Daze
  • Served in a Saddlebock pint glass
  • Style – Porter
  • ABV – 10.0%
  • IBU – N/A
  • Untappd score –  3.828 (176 ratings)

Beer Notes

This brewery is criminally underrated.  According to Untappd, their average rating is 3.38, which in Untappd terms is below average.  I’ve had 11 of their beers, counting this one, and most have been above average.  I picked this beer up when my girlfriend and I visited this brewery while passing through Arkansas this summer.  It may be the best beer I have had from the brewery.  It is a porter, but tastes very close to a stout.  There are hints of coffee, vanilla, and bourbon which all come together quite well.  I wish I had more than one bottle of this and I can’t wait until I can stop at their brewery again.

Other Thoughts

This was developing news when I was posting last night.  During the confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions (to be Attorney General), Sen. Elizabeth Warren attempted to read the letter that Coretta Scott King had written in opposition to Mr. Sessions back in 1986.  Mitch McConnell decided that he didn’t like her reading the letter and censored her.  Later, two other Senators read the letter during their time to talk.  In the letter, Mrs. King stated that Session’s record on civil rights should disqualify him from being a federal judge.  At that time, he was voted down.  There are so many issues here, and the wonderful beer that I am drinking will probably make it impossible for me to focus on all of them.

First, let’s talk about the censure of Senator Warren.  It’s impossible to say for certain, but the fact that she was not allowed to read this letter even though others were implies that she is seen as a threat.  But by trying to shut her down, they have just made her voice more powerful.  She may have some skeletons in her closet, but I would not be surprised at all if she emerges as a leading presidential candidate in 2020.

Second, there is no reason to think that Mr. Sessions is changed from what he was in 1986. In the time since, he became Senator and voted against the voting rights act, marriage equality, and immigration reform.  There is little evidence that he is less racist than he was when Mrs. King wrote her letter 31 years ago.  He is now our Attorney General and we must watch carefully to ensure that he is obeying the constitution.

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