Happy Thursday all! Last Thursday of the month means: THIRSTY THURSDAY! Woohoo! Oh crap, now I’m sounding like one of those “Woo girls”. I don’t think I’ve ever been one of those “woo girls”. I always see them drinking those sugary pink drinks or slamming pucker. Sure, I have my pucker moments… but I’m pretty certain I have and always will be a beer-girl. In high school, my friends were fairly diverse, but I didn’t hang out with a big party crowd… ok, so my mother had a strict 10p curfew for me, which didn’t leave me a hell of a lot of opportunities to drink. I suppose that is good. To quote a certain Chef: “Children, there is a time & a place for things like that, and it’s called college.” After a few bad experiences with cheap liquor, I quickly learned to stick to beer once I started drinking more often in college. Beer was my friend. By only drinking beer, I almost always avoided a nasty hangover in the morning. I could party longer than the girlie-girls who insisted on drinking their girlie drinks; the same girls who passed out &/or threw-up their colorful drinks up by . I’ve always had an easier time getting along with guys anyhow, so it was a no-brainer that this beer-drinker fit right in with them.
Today, post-children, I’m much more selective about what I drink.
Since the whole the whole heavy-drinking phase of my life sort of passed away (RIP, binge drinking!) once I got preggers, when I finally had the opportunity to drink again, I didn’t want to drink much, so I wanted something that actually tasted good! I ended up developing a particular palate for beer, and now I’m tuned in to what I do & don’t enjoy. I discovered that I’m not a big fan of beer made with a lot of hops, like IPAs and Pale Ales. And once I realized how yummy porters were and that many stouts have so much more flavor than Guinness… a whole new world opened up.
Most of the stouts & porters I’m fond of combine some of my favorite treats & spices, like coffee/espresso, chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal, caramel, maple, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Some are aged in oak bourbon barrels; I’ve heard of a smokey-flavor being implemented somehow too. Mmm-MMM! Thing that gets me is when I see many girls at breweries getting the “lightest” beer (which usually ends up being something hoppy) and then making a disgusted face when they take a drink, usually followed by “I hate beer, why are we here?!” Try something a little heavier, honey. No, it’s not going to make you fat, because guess what? You won’t drink as much, and you will enjoy it more! It has more alcohol/serving, and a smoother, richer flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about some of my favorites. So, here they are, in no particular order: Any of Founders Breakfast Stouts along with their Slappy Sappy Bastard & Porter, Right Brain Brewery’s CEO, Distill My Heart Bourbon & Threesome Stouts, New Holland Brewery’s Ichabod, El Mole Ocho, Dragon’s Milk.
There are many more, of course, but my point is, if you haven’t tried a darker, richer beer like a porter or a stout because you fear it may be a little “too much”. Trust this Momma: if you like chocolate & coffee, try any of the beers I just listed and let me know your thoughts.
Keeping up with 2 little girls, writing assignments, music gigs, the house, laundry, ETC, backwards, wearing ass kicking boots and a smile, without spilling my beer. Ok, ok, so I spill my beer, but my floors have never been more germ-free since I started putting a little alcohol on them. Who needs ammonia...