Today is my baby sister’s wedding day, and this painting is of the wedding beer that I brewed for the event — a ginger-honey light session ale known as the Drippy Hippy. I was honored when my future brother-in-law asked me to make a batch of beer for the wedding! The couple specifically requested this style. I have been making this beer since 2004 when my friend Nick Pugmire came over while I was brewing and suggested adding ginger to the wort. I resisted at first, thinking that the beer would taste funky, but relented in the end. Turned out that we had made a remarkable discovery — when the honey ale was spiced with ginger, it became a super-refreshing beverage.
I am so proud of all my siblings, all four of us getting hitched happily, knock on wood. My baby sister Glo is a very forward gal, and was tired of waiting for her great guy to pop the question. I actually asked Kevin when he was going to pop the question, and he told me that he didn’t appreciate the institution of marriage. So I backed down, but I am so glad that Glo put him to the test and that he passed, because I think very highly of this man! He came out to McCarthy in his school bus with me, and we ripped out about a billion stumps! I know he is a hard worker and a good guy, and he has great taste in beer! I am glad he came to his senses and agreed to marry my sister! She is a master of knitting, so when she decided to pop the question, she knit a fortune cookie that had a little fortune sticking out that said, “Will you marry me?” He said yes!
Cheers to a match made from a cookie! I hope their fortune is as sweet as the honey that went into their wedding beer, and I hope their lives are as spicy and exciting as the ginger! Here’s to a new partnership!
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