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22 – We Get Jolly And End The Year On A High Note

This episode we violate the stay-at-home order, FU Newsom, and escort 2020 out the door by drinking holiday beers and spreading good cheer with our year-in-review. Next, we exercise our respiratory system and trek with a woman who climbed to Everest … COUGH … Base Camp. Finally, we pull a Dick … COUGH … Clark and count down some of our favorite brews from Beer Dome. That, and our usual craic on this episode of Life in 16 oz.

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Show Notes

  • Skip to Beer News – 4:03
  • Skip to Paul’s Prank Holiday Gifts – 15:01
  • Skip to Brandon’s Serious Beer-related Gifts – 20:24
  • Skipt to Year-in-Review: Podcast & Beer Dome – 22:01
  • Skip to Mt. Everest Discussion – 51:15
  • Skip to Sherri Eng, Mt. Everest Base Camp Trekker – 59:27



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Holiday Songs

Beer News

Paul’s Prank Holiday Gifts

Brandon’s Serious Beer-Related Gifts

Beer Dome – All 2020 Winners

  • Tio Rodrigo Blood Orange Michelada (June)
    Specialty Beers – Chile Beer, 4.5% ABV, No IBUs
    SLO Brewing Company, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Independence Day Ale (July)
    Pale Ale – American, 5.4% ABV, 40 IBUs
    Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, CA
  • Maduro Brown Ale (August)
    Brown Ale – English, 5.5% ABV, 25 IBUs
    Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL
  • La Boheme (September #1)
    Pilsner – Czech-Style, 5.3% ABV / 26 IBU
    Alaro Craft Brewery, Sacramento
  • Oktoberfest Specialty Lager (October)
    Lager – Märzen/Oktoberfest, 6.4% ABV, 22 IBUs
    Dust Bowl Brewing Company, Turlock, CA
  • Vermont Sticky Maple (November #2)
    American Imperial, 11.3% ABV, 0 IBUs
    The Bruery, Placentia, California

Mount Everest Books



A sprawling, modern village covers the hillside of a cloud-covered mountain.
Out of the six or so villages Sherri passed through, Namche Bazaar, at roughly 10,500 feet, was the most built up and “modern” with multiple hotels, a theater, plenty of restaurants, and WIFI. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A can of Everest Premium Lager beer sits on a magenta-colored table cloth.
Sherri “enjoys” her first beer, Everest Premium Lager, after descending from Everest Base Camp. A 5% ABV beer from either the Golden Everest Group or Mt. Everest Brewery with a label that depicts either Nima Gombu Sherpa or Hillary or Tenzing on the summit. scores it a 71 Okay. Click here for more. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A man carrying an enormous load of goods stacked onto his back like an overpacked small pickup truck, leans on his walking stick as he treks through a village.
A local backpacks in food, water and other essentials on a makeshift carrying system that has worked for decades. Add in the fact that they wear running shoes, travel mostly on dirt or stone paths and each load is more than 100
pounds – at 9,000 or more feet elevation – and they seem superhuman. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A suspension bridge completely loaded end to end with fully loaded yaks
Yaks and other pack animals march across one of many swing bridges needed to pass to reach higher and higher into the Himalayas. Clearly there seems to be no weight limit and people tend to avoid going on at the same time. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A prayer wheel marks the entrance to the next village on a trail, with enormous, snow-capped mountains in the backdrop.
At certain turns of the trail to Everest Base Camp you are reminded at the stunning landscape, why people live here, and what offerings might await you at the next village, which could be rest for you body or you soul. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A very long suspension bridge loaded down with layer upon layer of prayer flags tied to the sides of the bridge with fully loaded yaks making their way across.
Prayer flags flutter in the wind along the span of this suspension bridge that Sherri had to cross on her way up to Everest Base Camp. Strings of pack animals haul tons of material and supplies back and forth each day on these swaying bridges. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A prayer wheel structure features stings of prayer flags, with a high mountain peak seen in the background.
Each village offers a chance to pray or give thanks to the gods or spirits or holy ones with a turn of a prayer wheel or visit to a monastery. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A nearly barren hotel room, with a curtained window and two narrow, single beds up against either wall; a narrow space between them; no visible amenities other than a pillow and folded blanket atop each bed.
Accomodations along the Trek to Everest aren’t plush. Sherri doesn’t do tents so she opted for $5 a night lodging. Some trekkers chose to sleep in tents, others in a bivy sleeping bag on a porch but all must deal with the altitude, yak dung smell, interesting food options and overcrowding of tourists. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A lone black yak stands atop a small hill with an enormous snow-capped mountain peak towering above in the background.
A yak, one of the greatest multipurpose animals used in the Nepali region, poses for the tourists with what could be Ama Dablam, a truly iconic Himalayan peak that Sherri describes as one of her favorite mountains. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
Standing atop a rock and mountains behind her, Sherri Eng sports a big smile and points to something off camera.
Sherri points at the summit of Everest. The trek to the base camp is strange as there are only a few opportunities to see parts of Everest because it is guarded by a dozen other 20,000+ foot mountains in front of it. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
Standing next to a "marker" covered in prayer flags, Sherri Eng smiles and holds a sign that says, Everest Base Camp, 5380 masl, feui 91"
Sherri holds a sign, that either is brought up with the guide or left at the camp for each visitor to hold. In this picture she is at 17,000+ feet, 3,000 feet higher than anything in the lower 48 states in America. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A large pile of rocks, some with writing on them, prayer flags, personal mementos left behind by visitors. A large snow-capped peak towers over the pile of mementos.
Everest Base Camp tends to get a lot of visitors and some stay for months attempting to stand on top of the world. Trash naturally accumulates but recent years a strong effort has reduced the amount of garbage but prayer flags
and personalized rocks remain (that’s not Everest in the background, but  surrounding peaks offer great acclimation climbs). (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A long, snow-free trail snakes along the floor of a valley.
The trail to Everest Base Camp is surrounded by amazing views, some of Everest, and remote villages that offer just enough to get you by. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
A large, mostly yellow sign, features a topographical map and arrows pointing towards the nearest villages.
Sagarmatha National Park, named for what the locals call Everest, is a protected wonder of the world, and a great sign for those wondering how far away the last village before reaching Everest Base Camp, Gorakshep, is, and how far away is a good pizza. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)
Steep mountain peaks shown poking through clouds in the distance.
The Himalayas stand like guardians through the clouds and for some they are like a siren call urging you to come and explore their wondrous and deadly terrain. (Courtesy photo/Sherri Eng)