Where Beer is Second Hat and the Patrons are Third-Rate
Saturday, July 15, 2006
New Holland The Poet Stout
New Holland The Poet Stout New Holland Brewing Company Holland, MI
You know a brew is special to me when I pour it into my vintage 8 oz glass with the raised painted owls on it(I didn't have a camera then. I do now!). And it certainly is! This is the darkest chocolate coffee stout that I've had yet. Throw in some rolled oats and you've got a new favorite fourth meal! It's a double-barrelled swarzbier, a stout that I can imagine three guys man-handling the Keebler elf and his latest bacth of chocolate chip cookies into the wort mixer and stirring until the foam rises to the top leaving a creamsicle circle about the rim of the vat.
Poet-wise, being that is its namesake, it is Etheridge Knight: black, brunt and over-the-top sans the profanity and emotional irascibility. It's not quite as severe as joining the black panthers but there is a portent to extreme things waiting inside this bottle. Just don't drink it at the local coffee house or you might be pre-disposed to wrangle with some old man-haired poetess who reaches the divine muse via Granny Clampett and the fat man sitting in the corner perspiring poetry with a cheshire grin on his face always exclaiming with contained joy, "Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Yes. Mmmmm."
Northumbrian Ale Week at the Finborough
Finborough been very busy this weekend so no blog, soz. The winter ale fest was a success - our busiest weekend so far. To keep the momentum going, this week...