Coming to Bailey’s on a holiday feels a little like coming in on a Sunday. Being there when I shouldn’t be there; they ought not to be open but what the hell; it’s a good life right? Let’s serve some beer today.
And truthfully, it was a pretty good day. Sure, I had to do some housework and beer work (super special thanks to Hopworks for giving me some yeast for my next batch of beer!) but mostly I listened to a lot of heavy metal. Plus I got to play Magic and hang out with friends.
It’s good to be reminded that when things are good, they are good. Good times also pass, so relishing that moment is just as critical to my well being as dipping into the despair that life provides. Let other people vacation on these weekends, I’m going to sit back and relax. Enjoy what I have and do those little chores before officially saying: To hell with this, I’m going to screw around the rest of the day.
I’m having Silver City‘s Ridgetop Red and it’s weird enough that I have to get some water. The food and drink I’ve had earlier may be mucking with things so I just need to clean the palate off.
But no, the beer isn’t as malty as expected for a red; as as matter of fact, it’s very, very dry. There’s a touch of fruitiness, cherry but not candy cherry yet not sour either in this beer, that just doesn’t quite belong. I dip my tongue into the crevices of my mouth to scoop the dryness out; the bubbly quality of this ale just wiping out my saliva. I like it but this beer isn’t what I expected by a long shot. There’s a biscuit nose here that is also misleading; the whole beer wants to go in three different directions and none of them are bad but how do I recommend this to someone else?
There are a lot of sampler trays going out tonight, I notice. Visitors and travelers in the bar; I overhear their conversations with the bartender and I consider adding my own voice but decide against it. Let these people have their vacations, their sweet moments where they take in for themselves their experience.
The selection tonight, though interesting (as always) reminds me that Bailey’s has a bottle selection that I oft overlook. Yet, when the other choices appear to be unappealing, why not get a bottle? Yeesh. I think next week I’ll have to give it a shot. Bottles!
Wait; I can have a sampler tray now. That changes everything!