Last week with a senior tour group we visited two places; Jelly Belly Factory and Budweiser Factory. Those beautiful, happy and exciting memories will with me for years!
As we walked into building I saw….
A little dizzy I felt. I must be dreaming? I’ve never been here before……. But how come this scenery looked so familiar?
My goodness! That was more than 20 years ago, while my sister and sister-in -law were visiting me from Taiwan. That was a cursory visit with a tour group! We rushed in and rushed out! It did not leave any thing in my memory box. I guess nothing impressed me but this big fat flying Jelly Belly!
A little sad I felt. My sister is in heaven now. My sister-in-law lost her husband,my very dear brother almost 10 years ago,
But life goes on! Enjoy the present! That’s what my deceased loved ones would asked me to. I believe.
We visited the factory. Watching how those jelly beans were made and coated with different colors and flavors. How they were packed in boxes, I was bewildered!
At the mid of all those busy machinery and workers, a robot lifted a big sign said “Welcome!”. We weaved back happily!
After we come out of the factory, each of us received a small bag of mixed flavored jell belly beans !
I wandered: “how was horse related to beer?” I just couldn’t figure it out “Why” until I asked our tour guide. It was just as simple as 123!
In the early days, transportation were no as good as now-a days. Without horses’ hard working, Budweiser wouldn’t be delivered all around the country. And Budweiser would never be as popular as now . From bottling several thousands of beer per minute every day, it’s not hard to figure out it’s Market demand.
The best part of this visit was “beer tasting”!
The tour-guide took us into the conference room. After we watched a short movie about how Budweiser was named. How the beer was made, etc.
Then came the big moment! Beer Tasting”!
There werer 4 bottles of different beers. We can choose any one of them. I am not familiar with any one of them. But the one named “Wile Blue” attracted my attention. I had never had any beer in my life! A little Red wine sometimes for special occasions.
I have no idea What did the 8 percent meant. But I still asked only a little bit.
That’s how “lit bit” they gave me. The special savoury and mellow smell which I had never had made me floating in the air! I sipped a little. It tasted G-O-O-D! Couldn’t help I sipped a little again! WOW! The middle of my chest was on fire!!
My good heavens! That 2 sips totally would not even as much as 1/5cc! My mind said “Go! Get more!”
My heart said “No more! Otherwise your whole body will be on fire!”
Resolutely and determinedly, I put the cup down!
The aftertaste is with me right now as I am typing, I am floating in the air again!