This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.
The perennial. The standby. Mother’s milk. What one drinks for strength. Hell, what one drinks for glory. It is a meal. It actually may be healthier than most meals. It’s famously a booster of strength. And it’s a full-bodied brew for able-bodied men. Of late, it’s been on the right side of history. It’s an amazing elixir: creamy, rich, and hearty. It’s difficult to get it to the proper temperature, which is mildly chilled, but not nearly as cold as other beers. Indeed, it’s a rare enough occurrence to get a pint that’s just right that it’s worth staying at that particular pub for a second or a third. Or a fourth. Or a…well, you get it. Guinness doesn’t stir up hangovers like other beers (I have friend, named after a river in Ireland, who swears by it as the safest route one can take in a night of drinking), and it warms the heart like few others. Raise a pint while Shane MacGowan is singing over the bar’s sound system and you’ve gotten as close as a living mortal can get to Heaven itself. And, as another good friend of mine one definitively established, it’s great with peanut M&M’s. There are loads of people who drank it excitedly yesterday. The rest of us wise souls know that it’s suitable for quaffing the other 364 days of the year, as well.
—21st Amendment Bitter American
—Abita Restoration Pale Ale
—Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
—Samuel Adams Boston Lager
—New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
—ABA Hoppy Saison
—Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
—Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
—French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
—Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
—Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
—The Native Brewing Company The Eleven Brown Ale
—Smuttynose Winter Ale
—Point Beyond the Pale IPA