Some mornings I sit down and really have no clue what the topic of the day will be, this is certainly one of those mornings. I generally try to flip-flop between firearms and fermented beverages and today is a beverage day. Should I say profound things about the beer I would choose if stuck on a desert island? How about what beer a zombie would choose (The Walking Dead was great last night, thanks for asking!)? Why I long ago chose beer as a favorite libation? Nahh, none of those topics is tripping my trigger this morning.
I think this morning the best topic might just be nothing at all in particular. The other night I was on a plane and was lucky enough to score first class. Note that I am rarely on a plane anymore and have never before sat in first class. I ordered a Woodford Reserve and ginger expecting the marvelous mixture I create at home. Let’s just say not quite. Their methodology was to fill the glass with ice, add the Woodford and splash a little ginger on the top. My MO is to add a couple of cubes of ice, dump in the Woodford and then fill the glass with ginger. I’d guess my drink is 3:1 or 4:1 with the majority being ginger and theirs is 0.5:1 with the majority, other than ice, being bourbon. Still good, but not the smooth stellar beverage I have at home. Note to self, go for the Bloody Mary’s from now on!
At a restaurant last week which was highly recommended the wine list was quite extensive and the beer list was shite. I chose a Peroni because I really wanted a beer instead of wine or liquor and when it arrived there was a lime on the rim. No complaints were lodged, but really, a lime? The lime was quickly added to the water-glass and the beer consumed, but I’m old school and just don’t feel a beer needs to be garnished. If the beer has to be garnished in order to be appealing, I need to choose another beer. Garnish me with aroma, flavor and some head for appearance and that’s all I need. If you need to get spiffy, put it in a chalice or interesting glassware. That’s getting jiggy with it IMO.
Over the weekend we went to a restaurant and I had a beer from a NC brewery which was served in a logo tulip (another note to self, do a piece on glassware), but the tulip was from a brewery out-of-state who also had a beer on tap. I’d much prefer chalices, tulips, etc to either match the beer, have a logo of the establishment, or have no logo at all. I do understand glassware can run low, but at the very least make it a glass for a brewery which is not being served at all at that time rather than one which is on draft. I know it’s minor, but again, I’m really talking about nothing here today.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t let the little things deter me. I drank two of the Woodford and ginger before switching to a Bloody Mary. The Peroni was thirst quenching and later at another place I did get two Sweetwater 420 Pale Ales to make up for the lime. The Foothills Sexual Chocolate was paired with a molten abuelita chocolate cake and pistachio ice cream so the Southern Tier tulip glass was not much of an annoyance. It appears I channeled Andy Rooney at little today. I miss that guy, RIP Andy!