For the second year running, we’ve enjoyed a fine offering from East End Brewing with our New Year’s dinner. Chris and I cracked open a treasure we’ve been hoarding for a while, figuring toasting a new year would be an appropriate time to dig in and drink up. Here’s our East End Gratitude,, yellow edition (brewed in 2007)–this is the beer Chris got as a “thank you” for helping out with one of their bottling projects. It was a wonderful barleywine, reminiscent of a rich Belgian with a bit of toffee-sweetness and a just hint of alcohol. I also got some tastes and aromas of raisins and fruits. It was a the perfect beer for bidding a “grateful” farewell to 2011 and toasting to a happy, healthy 2012!