Right now I am 3/4ths through my second attempt to make a German chocolate cake from scratch. I was supposed to be finished with this project at 7:45 this morning. The first attempt didn't go according to plan. [The second might not, either, but at least I've passed the previous misstep.] This is my first and lastlastlast EVER time making such a thing. If you make it into the tasting room this afternoon I'm certain Micah will give you a slice. He should be sitting at the end of the bar in one of the cool bar stools he made from steel & oak barrel staves. Tell him happy belated birthday! (We didn't get the birthday celebrated in time, either.)
So I'm pretty far behind in my day, and I had all these notes hollering at me from the cornucopia basket. I didn't have time to type them in. But I didn't want to wait until March to get to this, either. So I sat down and typed them up.
I'm ever so glad I did. You all really came through this year. I have about a 30X smile on my face and am feeling better about the world. I hope they buoy you as much as they did me as you read them!
For those of you who've not been out to the brewery in November or are new to this tradition, this is something we've done every November since we opened. (You can scroll down through this blog and find previous Novembers' contributions when you need a lift.) All month there's a basket out on the bar with scraps of paper and pens and folks can jot down what they're feeling thankful for at the moment.
A warning: these are uncensored, typed up exactly how they came out of the basket. You might not want your kids reading a couple of them. Apologies for any typos I missed -- at least it's not in as bad of a shape as the first cake.
Hope your joy & gratitude continues throughout the year!
See you soon,
Thanksgiving Thankful Notes - November 2022
The people that never left.
World Cup fun with friends!
Thankful for Mexico
Our awesome H&D Team! Today Tanner, Alison, André, Luke, Tatum, Trina & Sofia were slaying it!
Family, friends, & BEER <3
My life, toilet paper, and my dogs.
Family & health.
I am thankful my neighbor showed me this stellar place!
Family & friends.
I am thankful for my besties and my blessed life <3 Things are GOOD!
Carol and her willingness to jump in and help anywhere/everywhere it’s needed!
Chris Carter & his creativity.
Fresh tasty H&D beer
My buddy Mario
Thankful for family & traditions with loved ones.
My H&D family. <3 Mar
My loving girlfriend’s family for keeping me from being homeless.
Thankful for all the love @ H&D. <3 Noah
I am so very thankful for the H&D family!!!
Thank you for letting me kick your asses in Pickleball! Haha. Love you guys! <3 Shlee (Daniela’s friend)
Time to take a breath.
Family, coffee, & quiet time.
Ms. Castleberry. <3 Thomas
Horse & Dragon because that’s where my wife said “yes”.
The H&D Tasting Room Crew!
A Democratic Senate of course!
For my partner <3
My + Aaron
LOVE FALL BEER CONNECTION MOVEMENT REST TRAVEL COFFEE FRIENDS FRESH AIR FAMILY COMMUNITY TEAM FOOD SUNRISE DOGS MUSIC
Trina’s constant flexible support.
Good oral surgeons! X2
My families. They are fun, caring, smart, passionate, and unique – I treasure the fun moments we share. #CoCos
Michele’s positivity and cards!
I’m grateful for this opportunity to enjoy a beautiful state with family that has always welcomed me with open arms.
Good friends – André
For Tatum’s energy & intelligence.
Good friends & family. They are loving, no matter what <3
Grateful for my “no matter what” besties <3
Marleyna & Pam <3
Thankful for great beer and great friends!
I’m thankful for the life I live.
Good beers w/ good friends!
For all the folks who make our canning line go!
Fresh tasty craft beer! (I love beer)
There being NO wrong way to be happy.
Friends that accept & love me 4 me
Grateful to be a nurse wife and mom
Becky & Wendy my cousins, but really sisters!
I am thankful for being able to come visit my favorite people & maybe move to Colorado.
Fucking everything & everyone
“Eernie” – the Van
I am thankful for Bob Williams and his family & for feeling welcome @ H&D!
4 seasons <3
I’m thankful for good timing
I am thankful for every single day I was able to move my body!
Kooky mashed potatoes!
Grateful for an amazing year w. growth & love
Today I am grateful for Ibuprofen. Too much Panda. Bob
For being in FtC w/ my phamily Christine, Joules, Michael & Mario on a Friday night in November Marleyna is the best bartender.
Everyone on the H&D Team!
I am thankful for my kids Breanna Rain and Daniel Charles Robert they are my reason for living I love you!
Thankful for health <3
Carol & Tim they rock
My job @ H&D <3 love you all
FoCo community (through beer!)
Colorful Colorado <3
Good conversations over great, fresh, independent, tasty craft beer.
First son born this yr.
I’m thankful for my OPIE <3 <3 <3
Sofia’s earnest energy!
Sofia! She’s the best!
I’m grateful for all of my H&D family, living in beautiful CO, and the best, most amazing life partner one could wish for – love you Wes!!
If USA wun the wereld cup
Chris & Troubadour <3
Health care workers. Thank you for all you do!
I am thankful for the Bumble <3
Beer bringing people together –
Dogs & best friends
Friends Friends Friends!
I <3 you!
Mar & Bree <3
For my sweet honey bear doodle dogs, Suzy & Walfredo! Happy birthday Wally Bear 11/4 – Laura
My sister Jada <3
For being married to an amazing human, AWM, for 1 year!
Amazing people, amazing city, wonderful jobs, beautiful Bree, Incredible CO!
Trina! She’s my fave.
Sofia’s kind soul
Family & beautiful mountains
For carol’s passions!
My husband and our cat :-)
My students who teach me every day!
Family & beautiful mountains
I’m grateful for Bean!
SAD PANDA <3
Respectful love <3
Thankful for H&D!
We’re thankful to know Tim & Carol.
I am thankful for friends & family!
Our sweet baby, Hazy, and local NoCO FoCo breweries! <3
I’m thankful for wonderful friends!
I am thankful to be in a loving, growing partnership
I’m thankful for this amazing community <3 <3 <3
Family friends house food iPad
Sofia greeting everyone who walks in!
For Michele’s friendship
Thankful that Horse & Dragon came into being with great owners who treat our nephew Luke well. Dave & Jeanie
Healthy family <3 <3
Monica & Plantiness <3
Bob’s Appliance Repair & Rick
My wife Julia Alexandra Jara
My sister Jasmin :-)
Thankful M&M came up for Thanksgiving!
I’m thankful for my husband & child who add to my community that is one of the best places to live. For the strangers who smile & the people who want to make the world a better place.
Friends in the hood!
Life-long friends <3
You guys fill my soul XOXO
New friends <3
Peace & love to all
Taste buds & delicious flavors
Bike lanes! & Facetime! But not at the same time!
Smart & fun coworkers. They are so great to work with!
Good beer, good friends, good pups! I’m thankful for…. Friends, health, joy, fun, beauty, and family
Friends who are family (and family too!)
I’m thankful for my family they are awesome
I’m thankful for great friends, good books & bad reality tv.
Beer at sports games
Norma Jean’s Thanksgiving surprise!
So thankful for H&D staff! W+R
Madison & Mitch (friends)
Bree & KK *They saved me
Luke’s steady influence.
Trina’s smiling chuckle X3
The LGBTQ+ community
My amazing husband KB!
Bree & Sofia! They rock!
My family & my beer family
Family, friends, dogs & beer – André Nashville
Cold beer & such
Scott’s drive to get it done
Thankful for H&D! Truly! <3 you ALL. :-)
Stuff home roller skates ice skates family friends roblox mine craft screens cooking mama
Delicious craft beer
Kim + Dave = Love
I am thankful for my best friends pierced titties, and luscious booty that I will never stop smacking.
For regulars like Micah, Chile, Alex & the Friday Crew!
My wife’s health
Lifelong friends who are family <3
My Andy kids, family, & friends!
I am thankful for everyone in my life who stuck with me. Thank you. I love you!
God dogs Ipads family frinds rolor skats beds food water Lamy Jade Seasea my house Jeses