Today is my dad's birthday. He would have been 72 this year.
June 28th was always a really special day for the guys in my family. We always made an extremely big deal out of my Dad's birthday. It was a great excuse to have a big BBQ, get a draft ball (Northern Ontario's Northern Breweries equivalent of a keg) and celebrate summer.
Unfortunately, my dad passed away in 2003 and Northern Breweries closed it's doors in 2006.
Despite the fact that there isn't a party with lots of Northern Draft flowing, this day still holds a special place in my heart and always will.
Today, while doing work around the house and yard, I enjoyed several different beers from Ontario craft breweries in a sampler pack that I purchased Friday evening. As I enjoyed each one, I imagined cracking the beer open with my Dad and the two of us comparing notes on which one we enjoyed more.
The summer, hanging around a BBQ and enjoying a beer in the summer sun will always remind me of the fun times with Dad. I'm thankful for those happy memories.