As we sit around this Christmas Eve at my house, as full of chowder and roasted salmon as a family of expat Scots could be, I am immersed in gratitude and hope that you are each as content where you find yourselves tonight.
These moments of reflection within cycles of the year do make you ask what all this beer writing day after day is all about...and it is just that - the new. New beer with new flavours in new settings. The beer that you have not had before that will make you think "wow" in a way you have never thought "wow" before. In that sense, beer and brewing are just a microcosm of our moving through life - the search for the actual and the comforting as well as the search for the next enriching experience; the next skill you never knew you might learn, the next one you witness which you could not imagine another person perfecting so fully. It is a fun ride.
Thank you for sharing my experience of this search with me this year. It has been a great gift that I appreciate perhaps more than you might imagine and look forward to continuing in 2008. Happy Christmas everyone!