|Life is tough when you're 16, trying not to be a poser|
Last Tuesday was the usual Infest practice night, which typically starts with me, Domino, and Denunzio at a local bar. Our latest haunt has been The Snug. Prices are right, bartender is friendly, music is good, and the locals are not douche bags. In spite of that, I’ve quickly made my way through their taps in recent weeks, racking up numbers for my Big Year, and there were only two remaining that I hadn't yet claimed: Guinness and Shock Top. In light of so many incredible stouts being produced these days, Guinness is somewhat bland in comparison, but in the interest of something "new" for my Big Year, I went for it: GUINNESS DRAFT– Beer #154, it was on nitro, and visually it was a pint of perfection. The nitro made it creamy and smooth, and it looked lovely, but as I remembered, it lacked much depth. With the basic Guinness pint on my list, it was time for the big showdown. The lone tap in the house missing from my Big Year list: Shock Top. A horrifying corporate brew, weakly posing as a "craft" brew. Yes, there are worse corporate beers on the market, but something about a shitty beer trying to be a cool, grass roots one has always rubbed me the wrong way. It was a moral dilemma… order a Shock Top and willingly drink a shitty pint in order to raise my numbers, or avoid it altogether, and fail to add an easy one to my count.
I chose Stone IPA, a beer I've already had on the 9th day of my Big Year (Beer #45). I avoided a pint of Shock Top and didn't add to my numbers, but man, did I thoroughly enjoy that Stone!
And despite intentionally handicapping my Big Year tally, I was proud of myself for not selling out.
Not to mention, I hate posers.
|Not the greatest, but also not an embarrassment|