|The best way to spend the Fourth!|
Then came the Fourth.
As is typical of July in the Northeast, the day was filled with sunshine and heat. It was also filled with something else, however: anticipation. I realized that, for the first time, I could live one of the American dreams by grilling and drinking beer in my own yard. I fired up the beast and slapped down some burgers and hot dogs all the while contemplating just what I should drink to complete the scene. I eyed a number of great beers but all of them seemed to be too much. Some were too heavy, some too rare. Then my eyes alit upon the perfect brew for the occasion: 21st Amendment's Live Free Or Die IPA.
In a moment of inspiration, I realized that this beer was tailor-made for my purposes that day. For one, a sweet, deliciously hoppy IPA would certainly quench my summer thirst and would prove to be a great culinary accompaniment to the spicy cheeses I was using with my burgers. For another, it embodied the spirit of the holiday. After all, the Fourth of July commemorates both the birth and declaration of independence of the United States. The imperative of "Brew Free Or Die!" seemed to be the perfect thematic exclamation, enhanced further by the awesome artwork on the can.
|layin' down the law!|
All in all, the food was great, the beer was even better, and the location and company I was keeping just couldn't be beat. Hands down, it was the perfect Fourth of July!