It’s projected that the average person will spend $160+ for Valentine’s Day stuff this year. And that totals over $20 billion. That’s way too many Hallmark cards, roses, stuffed animals, and chocolate. Don’t you think everyone on the planet would be happier if we all spent $150 on beer instead? You’re saving money … you have some delicious fun … and you can share with your significant other, creating an everlasting bonding moment. I’m starting the movement today. Let’s all band together and start ValenStein’s Day! Fill your favorite stein with some fabulous brew, and enjoy some time with the one(s) you love.

That’s a long way to say that my bride and I agree ahead of time that we don’t succumb to the pressures of the Hallmark holiday. We had a lovely dinner with the fam (complete with faux candles) it was a great treat.

Today’s Food Rundown

  • Breakfast. I’ll give you one guess
  • Lunch. I made myself a chef salad. Lettuce, carrots, celery, cheese, salami, ham. Lite Italian dressing. Pretty low-cal and it was yummy too.
  • Dinner. This was the fancy family meal. We grilled some filets and added roasted broccoli and AirFryer cooked mushrooms. This meal was awesome. FIlet can be a little calorie heavy, but overall, it was a healthy day. Once again, I had a lot of room left in the ole calorie budget, so I went with another heavy hitter.

The Beer

Is it just me? It’s virtually impossible to grill without a beer in hand. It’s like the doctor checking for reflexes with that weird little hammer. He hits the knee and the foot goes flying. I light the grill, and the beer fridge door opens automatically (or so it seems.)
Last night was no different. I went for a super boozy little number from Hoppin’ Frog called Frogichlaus. Hoppin’ Frog is out of Akron and is one of the better breweries you’ll ever run across. Frogichlaus is a holiday lager, which means it’s going to be smooth and malty, often with slight notes of winter spice – nutmeg, etc.
This one was intense. 12.4% and you could taste every last bit of alcohol. It was boozy, but not over the top … and yes, it was exceptionally smooth and malty. I gave it a 4/5 on Untappd, but it would have been higher with slightly less of that boozy taste. All in all, very good. And super powerful too.
Happy ValenStein’s Day!
Mike Pennington by Mike Pennington