Beer and Grassroots Activism

I was at Edison’s last night meet­ing with some neigh­bor­hood folks about a pos­si­ble syn­er­gy be­tween the lar­val Tremont Civility Project and a pos­si­ble men­tor­ing pro­gram to bring to­geth­er new res­i­dents, long-time res­i­dents and even longer-time res­i­dents. I al­so got pret­ty drunk.

Rogue Brewery’s Dead Guy Ale

This ale was mod­er­ate­ly hop­py with a thick grain and fruity hints, per­fect for a fall af­ter­noon or sum­mer evening.

North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

This im­pe­r­i­al stout de­serves be­ing named for a man with an eleven inch pe­nis that was wor­shipped as a fer­til­i­ty charm. A strong rooty front note fades in­to a hint of anise and some sort of wood fla­vor. The fin­ish is al­most too smooth, with­out the lin­ger­ing stout fla­vor I’m used to. This might be be­cause it was bot­tled. 9% by vol­ume. I don’t re­al­ly know what I’m talk­ing about here if you hadn’t al­ready no­ticed.

Flying Dog Brewery’s Pale Ale

Now that it is morn­ing and I’m sober, I ac­tu­al­ly think I’ve had this be­fore. I can’t re­al­ly re­view it be­cause I think it act­ed as a palate cleanser af­ter the Old Rasputin. I re­mem­ber that it was about as hop­py as Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA.

Palma Louca

This Brazilian Pilsener was the sur­prise of the night. I don’t re­al­ly like pilsen­ers, but my habit at Edison’s is to al­ways try a beer I’ve nev­er had be­fore. I be­lieve this is now my fa­vorite south of the bor­der beer. It beats out Pacifico, Dos Equis, and Corona in terms of fla­vor and re­fresh­ment. And it didn’t even have a lime in it.

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