On Sunday afternoon as we were walking through the sun on our way to the day's third brunch, Bottom Shelf research director Emily wrecked everything by asking a short series of horrible questions.
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Maybe it's because I've turned old and wise and maybe it's because I'm six months away from marrying into some primo health insurance, but for whatever reason I've become a long-view, big picture kind of guy who will gladly trade April showers for August tomatoes. I've also become a saver of sorts: I didn't drink beer on either of the rainy days, which means I get triple beer on the next sunny day. I have many things to live for.
This is a question I get all the time, and I love hearing it: I like Heineken (or Blue Moon, or Guinness, or insert your favorite big-name beer here) and I want to explore some new beers. What should I try?
We've got nothing against regular Newcastle. Smooth and creamy, with a nice toffee flavor and just a light bitterness, we're happy to drink it while watching football and eating chili. So our interest was piqued when we heard that Newcastle's releasing a new limited-edition beer. But a "Winter IPA"? What does that even mean, and can the Newcastle/Heineken folks pull it off?
I recently came to the sad but important conclusion that I will never open a bar, because I wouldn't be able to come up with a satisfactory name. After years of business planning with the working name The (Noun) and (Noun), I briefly toyed with the idea of dropping the parentheses and making it official, but thank gosh I realized that was stupid and just scrapped the endeavor altogether. This is a shame, because I have tons of other ideas for successful bar stewardship.
I'd drink porter and stout anytime, but this early in the fall, you may want to reach for something a little crisper. Guinness recently released the first lager brewed under the Guinness name, and we gave it a try.