Wednesday, November 05, 2003
OK, since Rus specifically asked for a review of the Holy Grail Ale, here it is. First I should tell you that the bottle you see in the photo below is about 30 ounces, I believe, which made me a little uncomfortable buying it (all those stereotypes of the "40 ounce" and its association with drunkards and all). I was more uncomfortable when, after asking the gentleman at the checkout counter if he could tell me anything about the ale (is it a honey ale, a malt, a regular beer, etc.), he offered to open it for me to give me a taste. Hellllooooo! Driving, here! Open bottles of alcohol not a good thing! (What was he thinking?)
Anyway, we opened it last night at church (what better place?) and divvied it out amongst those willing to have a try. Proper beer tasting etiquette demands having a sniff before imbibing, to get the bouquet, so to speak. Alan and I agreed that the aroma was that of a honey ale, almost of a mead. Very sweet. It smelled good enough to drink. I found the taste only a slight disappointment, simply because with that aroma I expected the taste to be very strong, sort of like a dark beer. It was good, but fairly ordinary. I think it warrants another tasting, because I wasn't in the best mood last night, having had another horrendous day at work. The stress may have "flavored" my experience somewhat. :^) (OK, do I sound enough like a serious beer reviewer? Can I stop now?)
On the other note, that of the "horrendous day", I've been thrown off the deep end at work again with the task of training two new employees. One is picking up the work very quickly and is a self-motivated individual, but the other seems to get things for a few minutes, then regress back to apparently having forgotten everything she's been taught. Very frustrating. Then there's the contest. Evidently, our management team has given up trying to motivate people to get work done, through tools such as mandatory OT, write-ups, etc. Instead, they have divided us into two teams and we have team goals to meet each week or else the team that doesn't meet its goal has to work 8 hours on Saturday. This results in everyone backbiting each other about making their goals and has produced a very hostile work environment. Amazingly enough, the chronic back and neck pain I was experiencing went away this weekend, but was worse than even upon returning to work. Hmmm....
Anyway, everybody at church was very good to me and put up with my spewing all this out. I so appreciate the family that we have become. I'm hoping to go over to the Creeches' on Sunday, at which time they will help me get my resume out on the internet. Maybe I can find something new and better out there.
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