Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Game of Thrones Winter Is Here!

"Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity."  ~ Voltaire

With all this snow, we got hungry...

I even broke out a bottle of my Ommegang limited-run Game of Thrones beer, though my favorite beer is Highland Black Mocha Stout, something I have recently discovered, and is available all year. It is brewed in Asheville, NC.

Game of Thrones Beer, brought to you by Ommegang and HBO. Limited supply, folks. I bought 2 cases of the first edition Iron Throne Blonde Ale. It was sold out in less than a week where we live and it was in such high demand, Whole Foods was selling one-to-a-customer. The second edition was in such short supply, I was at a loss to find it at any of my local stores, so this past fall we trekked 90 minutes away to Beverage Super Store in Suwanee, GA to find Take The Black Stout. They were nice enough to hold the last 11 bottles for me. If you are looking for a great store for your spirits, look no further, but don't mess with my next stash, available sometimes in March. I have my name on a case of Fire and Blood. Winter is here, so why not indulge!

Extras: The bottle pictured was the first edition. In my glass, Take The Black. I know, you can't see the bottle. It takes a photographer to get all the little details in a photo. Arrgghh!

Also, with all this talk of beer, I am not a drinker, not in the true sense. Alcohol tastes awful to me, but for some reason I settled on beer as the least of the tastes-bad-to-me alcohols. I do like a dark beer, but until I found the Highland Black Mocha Stout, available year-round, it was all I could do to chug-a-mug. With my new find, I can actually "enjoy" a drink, even 2 (I think I had 3 on my first Highland try, and that is a record). So why all this talk about Ommegang? Because I like Game of Thrones, and hey, I have a stash of "limited" for my friends who like GOT. Now, if Trailer Park Boys would come out with a beer. Umm? Don't think that would be beer, would it? TPB: my one TV vice. They are just silly-funny.

Why is my beer in a wine glass? Because I like it that way!

Habersham County Snow

Don't have time to answer all the emails I am getting about the snow. Yes, it is snowing in Habersham County and here are some snaps to prove it. Yes, we may get some ice and yes we are prepared. And yes, if we have power, I will post more photos. Oh, and yes,  rain, sleet, or snow, news photographers must always go, but retired photographers can stay inside and shoot from the windows. I even used "auto" on these photos, something I never did when shooting for newspapers.

Normally, we would be able to see the mountains through the trees.

Once again, here is one of our hiking trails.

And here is another:

One of our bottle trees:

A sad pine tree:

View from the screen porch: