Friends who are employed, especially. Which is how I found myself at the Horse Brass to play cards with my friend baeza. We had a few beers between us, which to the man’s graciousness and general awesome, I did not have to pay for but here are the highlights.
First: Guinness 250. Yes, yes, yes, Guinness is 250 years old and good for them. Too bad they made such a bland beer in honor of the occasion. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they just put regular Guinness into a bottle, slapped a 250 label on it and charged everyone an extra buck-fifty.
You know Guinness, I remember when you used to be cool. Of course, that was only 5 years ago for me. But now…well, you’ve lost it and I’ve found some far better drinks. I think it’s just best that we go our separate ways.
I’m keeping the house.
I steered baeza towards the Eilean Dhu and he enjoyed it quite a bit. He was, fortunately, not struck with any kind of morose vibe due to working in a warehouse, thankfully. And I must say (since I didn’t when I drank it) it’s a damn fine beer. Very potent, but quite tasty.
My notes also record me having Lompoc’s Monster Mash Porter. It had a very smoky nose and was incredibly dense for a porter. The flavors included a burnt coco or coffee and it was just flat out delicious. If you enjoy darker beers then this ought to be something to taste. It made me sit up from our card game and take notes. So I know I dug it.
And I totally meant to include the recipe for the Scottish Ale I talked about in Wednesday’s post. So I might as well include it now!
Light Scottish Ale:
1 lb Vienna
1 lb Munich
7 lb Light malt extract, liquid
1.5 oz Galena
.5 oz Nugget used as dry hops from IPA 2.
.33 oz Centennial
.5 tsp of Irish Moss for clarity.
Two packets Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale yeast.
The OG was 1.069, and the Final Gravity was 1.02.