My sister-in-law runs in every 5K that presents itself in Charlotte. Sometimes she’s running for cancer; sometimes it’s for the Church of What’s Happening Now; and sometimes it’s just a competitive race to boost her on to the next one in the circuit. But one awesome offering that pervades these charitable efforts in North Carolina’s Queen City is … AM ale.
That’s right, people: beer in the morning. It’s hot down here in the South, thank the Lord, so our races begin in the wee hours of the morning when the sun’s still drowsy and the lightning bugs illuminate the way. By the time you roll across the finish line at 10:30 or 11:00, you’ve been up half a day. And it’s time for a nice cold beer.
Soccer is my running sport of choice, along with hiking, kayaking, swimming, and cycling, and unfortunately, unless we bring it along with us, there is no AM ale. But I love the prospect of watching her races and celebrating at the finish line with her.
AM ale is as natural as peas and carrots, chicken and dumplings, franks and beans, Cocktails and Books. There’s a genius at work who sees the value in pairing two traditionally unusual offerings, and making them work.
Speaking of cocktails … I’ve got an interview over at Cocktails and Books this week, along with a giveaway for a $5 Amazon gift card. I hope you’ll swing by and leave a comment to this question:
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