I knew from the beginning that beer was going to be the hardest to replace. Well, beer and good bread, but bread I can learn to make myself, and then make it better because that's what I do. Beer is not something I have ever tackled so I am stuck with other peoples' creativity. Along comes one of my favorite beer sales people with samples of something we just started carrying - New Planet, from Colorado. I did a tasting at the store and most of the customers that tried it liked it, so I thought I would give it a shot. First, it ain't cheap. We are selling it for $9.99 a 4-pack. The Man commented that it's slightly less expensive than drinking in a bar. Agreed. It comes in three varieties - Tread Lightly Ale, Off Grid Pale Ale and 3R Raspberry Ale. I started with the Tread Lightly. Crisp, cider-ish, light but not boring, a beautiful straw color in the glass, I was surprised and pleased that it tasted like something I would drink. Perfect beer for grilling or just hanging out. Next I tried the 3R Raspberry Ale. This one is interesting, not at all what I expected. Reminded me more of hard cider with a little cranberry juice in it. Not as sweet as expected, and not a pronounced raspberry flavor. Not bad but a little weird for me. Finally, Off Grid Pale Ale. With it's lovely amber color, I was encouraged. The first sip was like a miracle. Holy schmoley, this is real beer! Hoppy, malty, a nice body, with a finish that lingers but doesn't lay on your palate. Nice full flavor, it would be great with food for sure. This is a beer I could drink and even serve to guests, IF I could find it at a decent price that is.