Last week's San Diego Blackout came and went without much impact or hoopla in my house. We found candles and flashlights before it got dark, and located an Italian restaurant that was selling pizzas. (I am going to make sure to buy some non-scented candles.) It was nice not having the TV blaring for an evening, even for the start of the NFL season. When I went out to get the pizza, I was amazed at how quiet it was. People were out walking or sitting on their lawns or porches, with no noise other than conversation. My daughter and I enjoyed a one-time star show, seeing stars and constellations we've only seen on night sky maps.
The beer went perfect with the evening. It was mellow, but had an underlying complexity. Its first taste was as good as its last. I'd never had a bottle of Duvel before, even though it's widely distributed (Trader Joe's usually has bottles of Duvel at a reasonable price). I plan on buying more of this beer and keeping a bottle in my beer fridge, you never know when it'll be needed.