The great thing about the holiday season is that friends come over for social visits. Wayne Simpson and his wife Candice came over to help us out with the Twelve Beers of Christmas project. Wayne did the taste tasting because Candice is soon to be a mom.
Although Candice can’t drink alcohol, her heightened sense of smell could detect the smokey nose of this beer from 300 paces. As soon as we opened up a bottle of the Norwegian HaandBryggeriet – Smoke without Fire beer, Candice said, “Wayne! That beer smells like your coat!” (Apparently, Wayne had spent the last week around a campfire.) Wayne took a taste of the beer and said, “Actually, this beer does taste exactly like my coat smells! In fact, it reminds me of waking up with my face on the ground next to a campfire.” To which Candice replied: “You’ve certainly done that a few times before!” In the end, Wayne was a fan of the beer if only because it reminded him of those smokey memories of camping days gone by.