Mrs Elliott and I visited Brother Jon's newly-open Alehouse today for a late lunch. The place was jumpin', only a couple seats short of full; the staff were friendly but not pushy, the food plain and hearty, and the clientele cheery. Several largish screens were tuned to manchannels: ESPN and Fuse.
Midway down an interesting list of 12 or so beers on tap I spotted an Irish-style stout from the Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River. Aware that St. Patrick's day is not too far away, and that it has been my avowed goal since I moved here to discover the best Irish-style dry stout in town, I really had no choice but to order a pint, now did I?
Yep. A real dry stout. It wasn't on nitro, like how they pour it at the brewery, so it wasn't just like a Dublin Guinness, but Double Mountain's description for the nitro version reads, in part, "[...] this brew is a quintessential Double Mountain interpretation of a classic style. Rich, creamy, roasty and beautifully bitter."*
As opposed to the more common versions of stouts I normally encounter, where the focus seems to be on a sickeningly sweet mess of caramel and chocolate flavors.
A beer is not a dessert. Double Mountain gets that. Theirs is the stout to beat for St. Patrick's day 2012.
Brewmasters, start your engines.
* The way I like my womenTM.