A Newer Year and More Exact Beer Info
The great barleywine is Old Tavern Rat by New Old Lompoc. Yum.
The wonderful Stout is by Thunder Mountain by Victory Brewing (I've never tasted a bad beer from them, nay a mediocre one!), and the Lazy Boy winter ale is Mistletoe Bliss.
In case you are in cooking mode and want a simple soup, here's what I cooked up on New Year's Eve. This recipe makes about 6 bowls of soup. You need:
1 large leek (2 med.), thinly sliced, white part and 1/2" of green
4 large yellow potatoes
1 celery stalk, diced
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 veggie or chicken bouillion cube(chopped into slivers for easier dissolving)
Italian parsley for garnish, cut chiffonade style
In a 2 1/2 qt. pan, soften butter and add in leeks and celery, sprinkle with a little bit of salt. Cook until leeks are tender. (use a lower setting) Add potatoes, stir them around, then add water to cover plus two inches or so. Bring to a boil, then add in bouillion cube. Stir until
cube seems mostly dissolved, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook until potatoes are softened, then use a potato masher to thicken broth by mashing cooked potatoes. Toward end, stir in grated carrot. Serve topped with thinly sliced Italian parsley. Stir it in, it has a wonderful green flavor.
A simple, gratifying soup.
Happy New Year