Sunday, December 11, 2011

stout and all that

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As a guy who's been working for a few years now, I was almost ashamed that for the past 3 months, I've had the same $40 in the wallet. It was money to be spent on groceries or booze - guess which way I went. But they do call this stuff a meal in a glass right?

I was sweating a bit. $40, to be spent on a certain Mosel riesling (~$17), and two 6-packs of stout. One was a no-brainer; sacrifices had to be made for the other. So, just squeezed in, with a few cents left in change. Booze before food, ftw!

Guinness Extra Stout

This is still the real Guinness, just brewed in Canada by Labatts. Black as night, with texture to match. Oh right, we were drinking this with hotpot. Or rather, I was drinking this with hotpot. Perfect weather to be drinking black.

McAuslan St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

A Montreal brewery, one of my favourites. Their whole lineup is strong, but the oatmeal stout absolutely wins every time, all the time. Rich and viscous, perfect in flavour and texture. Great depth. Fabulous head of foam, always a sign of a great brew. Incredible impact on the palate, wrapping you in a soft, warm embrace.

And in questions about what else to eat with it . . . good salumi and pig's trotters make a strong case for sheer gustatory bliss. Am I using that word correctly?

salumi & stoutstout and trotters

DF

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