Thanks to everyone who came out last night to the second ever Naptown Pint Happy Hour — this time at Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge. Our little motley crew of 11 had an amazing time. And if you weren’t one of those 11 people, you should feel bad about yourself. I’m sorry to be so harsh, but I don’t want to lie to you like that. I care about you too much to lie.
With that dose of reality out of the way, let’s get down to business. There were three awesome things about last night that were different than December’s epic shenanigan-fest at 1747 Pub:
- I remembered to actually take pictures this time. I still didn’t photograph everyone, and you won’t find a picture of me anywhere above (Muahaha!), but we’re making progress.
- I had everyone write reviews of a new beer they’ve never had before. That’s right, a-holes: My beer parties come with homework.(Muahaha 2: This time it’s personal.)
- Though there are still some truthers out there murmuring about vast conspiracy cover-ups, I think we’ve put to bed the fact that yes, Patrick, my husband, is a real person, and he’s not a pillow I’ve named out of desperate loneliness, nor is he an escort named Esteban I pay sexy hush money to keep the ruse alive.
And now, without further ado, let’s recap this epic evening.
Six-word beer reviews
Since it was a Happy Brew Year-themed happy hour, and one of my brew year’s resolutions is to go outside of my comfort zone more, I opted to impose my will upon others. I had everyone who attended — plus Ryan, the awesome bartender — each try a beer they never had before and review it using only six words.
Everyone rose mightily to the challenge:
Keith reviewed Otter Creek’s Black IPA
Malt hops almost black not crap
Lindsay reviewed New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa Tripel
Sour apples slightly astringent as it warms
She also reviewed Ass Kisser’s Smoked Porter
Smoky eww tastes like cheese bleh
Ben of Flying Dog reviewed Victory’s DirtWolf (double IPA)
Bright fruit it’s drinkable as fuck
Patrick pillow also reviewed the Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoia Tripel
Somewhat sour. Have my babies. Fin.
Nathan reviewed Smuttynose’s Rhye IPA
Come for the rye stay for the smut
CJ reviewed Lagunitas’ Pils
Amber goodness no fossilized mosquitoes included
Ryan, our bartender, reviewed Anchor’s Steam Beer
Malt forward, nutty toasty finish, bad
Mariel reviewed Anderson Valley’s Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
Love the label! toffee malt — yum
John reviewed Otter Creek’s Black IPA
Cold weather drink after dinner beer
Jen reviewed New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Heavenly Feijoa Tripel
Refreshingly light, sour notes (sort of)
Casey was tame in her review of Otter Creek’s Black IPA
Lacking hops, back in black better.
…but she let her hate flag fly when she freestyled a verbal review of Bud Light
Spit it in your face, bitch.
And finally, I reviewed Great Divide’s Denver Pale Ale
Brendan’s right. This rocks my non-balls.
This little experiment turned out to be a huge success. I may have to implement this — or some version of this — as a regular feature at these events. And thank you to everyone for being such a good sport and participating!
Blind taste test: 21st Amendment’s Back in Black vs. Otter Creek’s Black IPA
Brendan told us all about a blind taste test they did at Metropolitan awhile back, where Long Trail’s Black IPA was put up against 21st Amendment’s Back in Black and Otter Creek’s Black IPA. In a landslide, Otter Creek Black IPA took the crown, which doesn’t surprise me — as I mentioned yesterday, I fell face-over-ass in love with this beer earlier this week.
After hearing this, we decided to recreate the taste test — but without Long Trail, since there wasn’t any on hand. Eight brave souls volunteered themselves as tributes, and the great challenge began. Well, it began after some debate over whether they were denoting their choice by number or size, because I confused people with conflicting directions.
Anyway yes. Eight braves souls from the Naptown Pint community voted. And this time, 21st Amendment’s Back in Black won. In a landslide. Seriously, it wasn’t even close.
I was surprised, and so was Brendan. But it just goes to show you why beer can be so fun. Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get completely different viewpoints on beer, because it’s subjective. Everyone brings a unique set of experiences and perspectives to the table, and that’s the way it should be. The world would be really boring if everyone agreed on everything.
Unless you’re blindly agreeing to everything I tell you. In which case, keep up the good work.
And after the party, it’s the after party. And after the after party it’s…
…time to go to one of my favorite places in Annapolis: Nathan and Casey’s interior design-gasm inducing kitchen. In case you didn’t know, Nathan is not only a great local beer blogger, he is also one of the founding members of the Annapolis Homebrew Club, who I had the pleasure of meeting last summer at this spectacular event. And he brews amazing beers including: Boozy Pumpkin, Chubby Wumpkin Scottish Wee Heavy (“I know you like Scottishes…”), and Sprøøs Jøøs. So after the happy hour, a few of us adjourned to the glorious kitchen for one — see: several — beer(s) and great conversation up until the Matlock-approved hour of 11 p.m. There was one unfortunate consequence of this visit, however: Patrick replaced me ever so quickly in his heart with Nathan and Casey’s dogs, as you can see above.
Don’t pity me. We had a good run.
Oh! One last thing: Last night I learned there’s an actual magazine called Garden & Gun. Casey, thank you for bringing this into my life. I have never been so happy. It just… gets me.
In conclusion, you should feel like bad people
If you didn’t come last night, again, you should feel bad about yourself. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, my prodigal readers: This is a monthly shindig, so there will be another chance in February to be a cool kid just like us.