This is the house amber ale at Fitzgerald’s Pub in Manhattan, New York.
I’m in New York because an old friend got married and asked me and another buddy from Portland to be his groomsmen. I’m in Fitzgerald’s because the third groomsman, whom I hadn’t met previous to the day of the wedding, invited us to his bar the next evening.
To my surprise, the amber is made by Michelob but damnit, it’s tasty. Nice mouthfeel, just enough caramel malt to look and taste amazing and easy to drink.
“It’s 6%,” the bartender-and our host- says, a little apologetic, his Irish accent softened by years of living in New York, “so it’s a little high,” and I chuckle in response.
“We start our IPAs at 7.5 in Portland. This is great.”
I had a blur of a weekend, and 90% of it was in service to the wedding I attended.
But for just a little bit, after it was all over, I was able to make a little time to sit at the pub with some old and new friends, and have a drink.
That’s a pretty good deal.