We had quite a few friends and family over for Independence Day this evening. Everyone is now gone home and Shelley and I are relaxing. I wanted to get some pictures up of our little get together before heading off to bed. I worked an overtime shift last night and got home around 6:00 am, so I’m a bit tired and ready to start my vacation next week.
We had some of Shelley’s co-workers come by as well as friends and family. Travis smoked some chicken and brisket in his smoker for everyone and we had plenty of side dishes and desserts to go along with all of it. Here’s a picture of the kitchen island with some of the food spread out with everyone waiting for the sun to go down. The little ones played on the floor with each other while a tuckered out Hawk relaxed. He was painting his house for most of the afternoon before coming over to relax.
Travis, Bruce, Hawk and I had an impromptu Cigar of the Month Club meeting down on the lower patio in the trees. We all hung out waiting till the official fireworks started. Bruce brought some of his own cigars and they were pretty decent. No complaints even though they had not been in a humidor.
I tapped the 2010 Honey Ale this evening as well. Bruce thought it was a bit too sweet for his taste and Shelley thought it was a bit hoppy for her taste. The aroma is wonderful and my new method of carbonating the brew seems to be working. I think I need to back off a bit on the hops for next time to smooth it out a bit. Sorry, Bruce, but the honey flavor seems about right to me. It’s all good though, as Bruce enjoyed the Nut Brown Ale instead. So at least he had a good brew to get him through the night.
Happy Birthday America!