One might be tempted to think that Jimmy the Brewmaster would rest on his laurels after winning a Gold Medal for his Coconut Porter. Quite the contrary! Jimmy’s recently added 1,000 pounds of Strawberry Puree to the kettle for his incredible Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake Stout. And wait till you taste his next brew. It is otherworldly!

It’s a wonderful life! The holidays have arrived at City Lights. Whether you celebrate Bhodi Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Pancha Ganapati or any other religious or secular holiday, let us use this wondrous season to promote peace, humanity, compassion and seek to understand and accept all.

Ben the Chef recently hired a fastidious assistant named Cole. Cole is extremely meticulous. He insists that Ben’s famous fish fry be served with a side dish made from shredded cabbage, carrots, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. I call this “Cole’s Law.”

It’s back! Our Mexican Lager is so popular that we recently sold out of it in the taproom. Fortunately, Jimmy and the team kegged and packaged a 90-barrel batch and the only supply-chain interruption was in the City Lights taproom.

Give a gift to others and get one for yourself. Buy a $25.00 City Lights gift card and get a $5.00 card free. Buy a $50.00 City Lights gift card and get a $10.00 gift card for free. Buy a $100.00 gift card and get a $20.00 gift card for free. And remember, City Lights T-shirts make great stocking stuffers!

The City Lights hospitality team decided to replace the “swear jar” with a “negativity glass.” Each time someone has a pessimistic thought, they put a quarter in the negativity glass.  The glass is currently half empty.

I love this season of giving and sharing. We are giving the Chicago Bears the NFL North Division title and sharing City Lights beers with people in the great state of Illinois. We are also giving the Vikings a likely Wild Card playoff berth and sharing City Lights with Minnesotans. Though this clearly isn’t the year of the Pack, it is the season of giving and sharing.

Join us Monday through Thursday for Happy Hour at City Lights. Get in touch with your inner Zen with yoga on Tuesday evening and relax afterwards with a complimentary City Lights beer.  Friday, Ben’s delicious fish fry (with Cole’s Law) is featured. Saturday, the incredible Nick Rincon makes his City Lights debut. City Lights is a great place to see and be seen.

Thanks to the greatest cadre of distributors and customers ever assembled. We are honored to have the privilege of your business. It is awesome that there are so many outlets featuring a selection of City Lights beers in cans and on tap.  With gratitude to the professional men and women who work tirelessly and passionately to make it happen.

Have the greatest week ever as the McCarthy era draws to a close.

Robin Gohsman