Now that the Holidays are over and the new year is in full swing, it was time to get back to what Thirsty Thursday is all about, spending time with friends, drinking local beer, eating local food all while solving the world’s problems. What better place to start the year off than with a Vancouver Beer institution, Loowit Brewing.
The last live podcast interview we did was on a Thursday with our friend Don Lovell, founder of the Barbers. It was such a great episode with great stories about Entrepreneurship, Beer, Business and Baseball. If you haven’t listened to episode 1 yet, I highly recommend you listen to it.
If 2020 has any silver lining for me, it’s the fact that I’ve been able to visit breweries and tap houses that I haven’t been to in a long time, or at all. One of those places I’ve always wanted to visit is this week’s Thirsty Thursday Spotlight, Mahoney’s Public House.
The owner, Tom, and I have known each other for damn near 6 years, back when he owned another Tap House on the east side of the Couve. He’s always been a great guy to me and my family every time we visited. He even embraced my emotional roller coaster and crazy outbreaks during the Cubs and Indians infamous 2016 World Series Game 7.
I’m so glad to say that same embrace was welcomed when the dude’s and I visited there this past week.
I was about 10 minutes early for my reservation at Ghost Runners Brewery and Kitchen. I’m glad Jeff encouraged me to make a reservation because I could tell the outdoor seating was already packed. I walked in and was welcomed by the warmth and the smell of pizza being made in the Kitchen. I ordered one of my favorite local beers, the Phantom Rojo. I grabbed the pint of the Imperial Red goodness, and took my seat outside.
As I waiting for the dudes to join me, I sipped on the beer and glanced at the food menu. The rain began to pour a little heavier and was soon joined by a chilly breeze. I began to think about how much I missed meeting friends and family indoors, and how different this Thanksgiving is going to be. I took another sip of my awesome beer choice, and stared at the already half empty pint glass. I kept staring and staring, until I finally asked myself; “Is the glass really half empty? Or is it half full? I’ve always been the glass is half full kind of guy, so why am I seeing this pint as half empty?”
I looked at the pint glass a little bit longer, and then it hit me.