In Search of Summer: June 3rd

Few things scream summer more to me than drinking an ice cold beer outside on a hot night while the sun sets. Being pregnant, watching others partake in this ritual has been a difficult thing to endure. When I was preggers with Addie, consuming no alcohol was tough, but not that big of a deal. However, this time for some reason it seems excruciating, and I find that my tolerance for others drinking around me is not as high as it was before.

Example: Curt comes home from a long day at work and says something like, "Oh my goodness, what a rough day. I could really use a beer!"
My less than sensitive response is along the lines of, "Nice, honey. I've had a hard day too. Do you know how much I'd love a beer right now? Why don't you have some sushi and a juicy rare steak while you're at it? Jerk..."

Yeah... Not a pretty picture.

Recently, a very dear friend recommended something to me that just may save my summer and my marriage: Bitburger Drive. It's imported from Germany and is a non-alcoholic beer. I was skeptical at first, as I have tried O'Doul's and the like and was not impressed to say the least. But this magical find is incredible.

Here's the thing--it actually tastes like beer! And not the watered down lite crap--I'm talking real beer!!! Not something to indulge in full force, as I'm sure the empty calories could really sneak up and get me, but on those particularly rough days, just one is a heavenly treat. I almost feel like I'm partaking in the real thing. Curt laughs at me and jokingly comments on what the neighbors will think if they see my giant belly and a bottle in my hand, but I truly could not care less.

Somehow this discovery makes my fear of a summer due date seem a little less scary. And it makes the prospect of hot nights outside sound a lot more fun. Now when the hubs walks through the door all tired and ready for a nightcap, I can grab a treat for us both and leave my resentment at the fridge. Even thought it's all in my head, it's definitely a mind game I can play while we watch the fireflies start to flicker in the dusk. Oh yes, I'll drink to that!


Dennis said...

So where do you get it? No fair tempting without at least giving me a source. That's like telling a child about a wonderful store with all kinds of sweet treats...and then saying, "Oh. You don't know where it is? Pish Posh! Too Bad! : (

Adele said...

Good for you! And I remember being so happy to learn that beer is considered wonderful for nursing women (especially while waiting for your milk to come in)... just one more thing to look forward to!

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

Yes! You just described (the positive description that is) how I feel about Clausthaler.
Cheers. I have a bottle in hand as I type. (Ok, I set it down to type, but I am off to take another swig...)

sara said...

Dad, I don't know where you could find it in Indy, but I'm guessing it would have to be at a pretty well-stocked liquor store. I got mine at Liquor Barn and will be going back for more very very soon!

Adele, I had my appendix out when Addie was just 5 months old and was able to get my milk supply back not because of all the herbs and mother's milk tea, but because of Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat! I can't tell you how I'm looking forward to my daily afternoon brew! Cheers!!!

Nicola, I haven't ever heard of Clausthaler... Thanks for another option I can try--it is on the list!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad you like it. Living in Wisconsin you learn all sorts of interesting facts about alcoholic beverages. Plus, it helps to have a husband who works part-time at a liquor store and can bring home samples. :o)