Old 12-16-18, 10:49 PM
Me duelen las nalgas
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Alas, I'm not getting along with beer anymore. After a long-term thyroid problem worsened this year I began having allergic reactions similar to any sinus allergy problem -- stuffy sinuses, watery and swollen eyes, sinus headaches, etc.

Not sure whether the reaction is to hops or alcohol, but the few times I've had a beer this year I've had the same reactions within a few hours. I didn't seem to react to a couple of glasses of strongly spiked fruit punch at Thanksgiving. So it may be a reaction to hops.

I'm hoping to try some old style traditional ale, heavy on the malt, barley, etc., before hops were added as a preservative and to add bittering. There are lots of microbreweries in my area but nobody makes medieval style ales -- they say there's no market for it and the flavor is lacking. So I may need to brew my own.

I'm sure gonna miss New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA, Citradelic and some great local brews, especially the dark stuff and the tangy Mosaic hops.
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