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Monday, June 05, 2006
6-6-06: The End Is Near? Grab A Beer!
Is it the end of the world as we know it? Do we feel fine? Has the Beast left its Mark? Why am I rambling on about this? Well, this whole mess of 6-6-06 got me to wondering: If the world was about to end, everyone talks about how they would do this, that, or the other. Make peace with themselves, others, their god. I, instead, started wondering which the last beer I would want to be drinking. I suppose this is kind of a different take on the deserted island question of which beer you would want to take (and whether you would want Ginger or Maryann to be with you ;-) So, hm, let's see. Let's approach this from a style and season point-of-view. If the world were ending in the wintertime, I'd want to go out with a Russian Imperial Stout. Let's go out on a limb and say either North Coast Old Rasputin or Thirsty Dog Siberian Night. Oh yeah, and how about this incredible Rhoade's Scholar Stout from South Shore Brewery in Ashland, WI that I just had the pleasure with this past weekend. Ok, now if the world ended in the springtime, give me a leftover barleywine/strong ale from the winter or maybe a springtime bock. I'm thinking maybe Anchor Bock, Victory Old Horizontal, or Smuttynose S'muttonator. Now, in the summertime, I might opt for a decent pilsner style lager or nice ale. Perhaps Troegs Sunshine Pils, Southampton Publick House's Secret Ale, or Flying Dog Amber. Or a nice flavorful saison. In the fall, I'd probably go for a sendoff with a German Oktoberfest or a porter on a cool autumn night. How about the General Lafayette Chocolate Thunder, Paulaner Oktoberfest, or Penn Oktoberfest? Some nice examples, eh? You didn't really think you could nail me down on this question, now did you? Are there not just too many good beers out there to commit to just one? I suppose in the end, there are also too many great examples of beer in either my refrigerator or Adam's that I should not have any problem ending my time here with a smile on my face! And, if the world actually does end tomorrow, you can bet that Adam and I will probably be sampling the New Glarus Belgian Red that I brought back from Wisconsin this past weekend. Ready, Adam?! (Review to come later......if the world and Internet are still alive) How about you? Are you concerned about 6-6-06, or is this just another Y2K for you? What is the last beer that you would want to ever drink in this life?