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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