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BEER! Always a choice Christmas Gift

Yuengling Brewery Sign

Merry Christmas Eve everyone. Beer, is there anything more festive than beer during the holidays. Especially good beer. Which brings us to Yuengling Lager. Yuengling is the official beer on tap almost all over Pennsylvania. Go into any bar in PA and ask for a Lager and most often you will be handed a Yuengling. Yuengling is pronounced Ying Ling or [Lah Grr] unless you didn’t know.

Allison introduced me to Yuengling. And being a person who enjoys beer, I understood the obsession with Yuengling. Every trip that we take to Susquehanna University (Susquehanna University will be known as SU for the rest of this post) we pick up a case or two to bring home.

One trip we even went to the Brewery and took a tour. That was a very fun trip and an interesting learning experience. Yuengling Brewery is not very technologically advanced, you can actually take a beer of the line. There is a high school kid who is watching over the group to prevent this from happening. When you are on the tour you pretty much see it as down and dirty as it gets, from the mash containers to the loading dock and bottling line it’s totally raw. And then at the end of the tour your get FREE BEER! Yes, I know this is a common occurrence for many brewery tours but we got a decent glass of beer not some wussy sip from a thimble. What a great tour. If you are ever in Pottsville, Pennsylvania this is one stop you can’t miss.

Drew Meets Longtime Idol

Drew and Optimus Prime at BotCon 2003

Andrew “Transformer” Bennett (yeah I actually signed that in my eighth grade yearbook.) If you didn’t know I was a geek by now then you haven’t been paying attention. This past year I went to the Ultimate in Geekdom Conventions. The Official Transformers Collectors Convention in Chicago, IL at the Hyatt Regency.

This year is a special year for Transformers, it marks the 20th anniversary of the line. There are some fantastic things happening in that little shop in Rhode Island. For one thing fans will finally get their ultimate desire. A Masterpiece Optimus Prime. The Masterpiece Optimus Prime is just about the best and most accurately constructed Transformer ever. Optimus comes with his signature plasma rifle, a “Megatron” in gun form, his Energy Ax from season one and the Matrix of Leadership. This year Hasbro is making the Transformers Alternators line which will feature scale model contemporary vehicles with distinctly Generation 1 themes. Already announced have been a Subaru WRX Rally Car (SmokeScreen), a Dodge Viper (Sideswipe), a Jeep Wrangler (Hound) and another Subaru WRX (SilverStreak). If you were ever a Transformers fan or want to tell your children about the greatest series of toys ever, now is the year to get these toys.