Two things have happened recently. First, 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative in north Austin (my hood) opened their doors to the public and also started distributing their cans. Second, I had an entire day off in the middle of the week. I figured I should celebrate both of these things simultaneously.
What’s that? Oh, you got the whole week of Thanksgiving off and you think you’re so cool? Well I had a random Wednesday at the beginning of December all to myself to do whatever I want. So, suck on that!
Now that you’re thoroughly shamed, I’m going tell you exactly how I spent my lovely vacation day with 4th Tap. Any good beer drinking samaritan would have probably taken a visit to their lovely tap room and enjoyed their beer and ambiance straight from the source. But that requires forethought and I wanted to be lazy. I decided to drink at home.
I started my day by rolling out of bed at about 9:30am and just generally yelled and sang to our cats for a while. About an hour later I realized I was accomplishing nothing and needed sustenance to continue my day of fruitless efforts. I needed a good, healthy breakfast, like half a grapefruit and some toast. Or maybe just 4th Tap’s grapefruit IPA, which is also an assortment of grains and grapefruit. Yep, that would do just fine.
So at 10:45am, on an empty stomach, I cracked open a beer and loved it all the way down. I made our roommate, Cameron, take this picture of me drinking my breakfast beer. He had to take a break from WORKING to do it. Ha! Work?! Who even does that on Wednesday December 2nd? Not me, that’s for damn sure. Eff everyone who does.
I didn’t guzzle my grapefruit IPA, but rather sipped it and appreciated it as it nourished my not-working body. It was extremely juicy, and I didn’t have to look too far for grapefruit flavor. It hit me like five fingers to my not-working face on the first sip.
I studied the can as I drank. “A Long Walk” is the name of 4th Tap’s grapefruit IPA, and I thought that was sound advice. I should go for a long walk around my stompin’ grounds and see what it do. Even though it was a bit of a dreary day, I was sure there would be spectacular sites to behold.
I headed outside and took care of the most important order of business first: actual food breakfast/lunch. As wonderful as my morning brew was, there is an old saying that goes, “Man cannot live on beer alone, he must also eat tacos.” I took a quick stroll to the corner gas station where Tacos Ivan resides, and fueled up for my lengthy and potentially underwhelming adventure.
The journey was exactly what I needed. Meandering the streets of Far West, just me, my thoughts, and the ability to toot anywhere I wanted. Here are things I saw and did on my long walk:
But check it, homie. Whatever you do on your day off, be sure to parrot with a 4th Tap beer. Go on a long walk, renew yourself, eat the sun. Do it, and do it with beer.