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Thinkin’ Beer: Heavy Beer and a Wandering Mind
January 20, 2015
After spending the last week getting accustomed to my new routine of studying, working and studying even more it’s time that I had one of the thinking beers I had mentioned in a previous post. And as it has been a week since my last post as well there are many beers to drink and many topics on my mind. While the weather of late has been reminiscent of fall we are of course in the zenith of winter and as such it would only be appropriate to have something that correlates with the season with which to ponder. I decided to go with the Foreign Style Stout by Upslope, a limited release from one of the better breweries to be canning and distributing their brews from Boulder. With a black and silver can on hand, it was time to begin my night of thoughts.
The sweetness of this beer is subtle with hints and of brown sugar and vanilla and provided for a welcome treat after a long week of work and studies and moved my mind to other things I would have liked to have had time to read (yeah, I’m that kind of nerd). As I went through the first pint in my arsenal and contemplated reading materials at my disposal, I remembered that I had a recently acquired a few trade paperbacks that I had been meaning to read and was able to get in some of The Sandman 1 and 2.
Beer Thought #1: No matter how old you get, comics will always be awesome.
After I finished my first pint and began my second Foreign Style Stout I decided that the nutty and malty aspects that this stout had in the back of the pallet would pair nicely with dark chocolate. When pulling a fresh glass from the freezer I also grabbed a pint of dark chocolate gelato to go with it. My personal preference with gelato (and really any thing that’s typically served at colder temperatures) is to let it sit for a few minutes so it will warm up enough so that all of the flavors can be tasted. This got me thinking about the commercials for Coors and Budweiser that force drinking beer “as cold as the Rockies” and how brilliant their marketing campaigns have been in getting people to not actually taste the swill they make. The conclusion of this thought process being somewhat common knowledge but something never hurts to be said.
Beer Thought #2: You should always be able to taste good beer and good chocolate.
Savoring the last of my pint and noting the overall flatness that characterizes many good stouts I took stock of the remaining gelato and beer. I have never been a fan of gluttony and since I’m a grown up (as evidenced by the superman pajamas I’m wearing while writing this) I decided these indulgences would be a welcome break from my routine later just as they had been this evening. I had another spoonful of gelato and started the process of turning my house down for the evening. Even after a few pints and some sugar I was feeling surprisingly good without being tipsy or full, and that is perfect. My younger self might have wanted to stay up for another pint or two and finish off the rest of the ice cream over some Game of Thrones (I finally started watching the show, hooray for getting HBO GO). This kind of disregard for the next day’s duties is no longer of interest which brings me to the final though of the night
Beer Thought #3: Being in your 30’s is weird.
Ok folks, I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts as much as I enjoyed reading them. I’d strongly recommend this weeks thinking beer the Foreign Style Stout from Upslope, as well as everything else in their 12 pack bricks of awesome. So, what are some of your random thoughts? What beer did you have when you had them? Feel free to share your own random thoughts with me on Twitter and who knows, maybe they’ll make it on the next Thinkin’ Beer post. Cheers Everyone!