Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bourbon County Stout, Toothpaste, And Glögg

If you get a chance to try a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, by all means do so.

Here is their description, and it is fairly accurate: "A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer." I concur.

It weighs in at a hefty 13% so one is all you need, and not a full pint, either. At the Waterfront Ale House they serve it in a hefty sized brandy snifter. And, although one is all you need, I did make a session of them a couple of nights in a row. I won't be doing so again, however.

I will post a few pictures of my last session later, if I can find my camera. At least I found my way home, but then I had the Mysterious Chinese Woman helping me along.

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Something else to think about, Have you ever noticed the warning on toothpaste packages saying that if a child swallows more than is used for brushing you should seek immediate medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center?

I am heading to a friend's house for a party this afternoon so I am off to make my world-famous, at least in my neighborhood, glögg. It was originally called "glödgad vin" which meant "glowing-hot wine" The word "glögg" is a shortened form of this.

And my glögg is perfectly safe for children of all ages. As an aside, although this whole blog is an aside, an early form of this drink was consumed by Greeks and Romans and was considered healthy. Its popularity spread throughout the European nations and in the 1890s it became a Christmas tradition. It was often used as a health potion, and I recommend it for a wide variety of ailments, especially muscle strains induced by shoveling snow.

You can make a big batch of it and, theoretically, keep whatever is left over for a month or two in your refrigerator and then reheat it in your microwave. I say theoretically because I have never had any left over. Maybe I need a bigger pot to make it in. Or exhibit a bit of restraint. Nah, a bigger pot is the answer.

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