28
Dec
06

Beers of Milwaukee, vol. 8

As you may have guessed by my (alas, only slightly) unusual absence, I’m in Milwaukee now. Can someone explain to me why United Airlines is perfectly happy to cancel a flight when the scheduled flight attendant cannot or will not show up? Surely they must have other qualified flight attendants near their major hubs (this flight was out of Chicago-O’Hare International Airport) who’d be delighted to stand in (presumably for time-and-a-half) when the scheduled staffer can’t make it (being — let us generously suppose — stuck in Denver during one of their recent two-foot snowstorms).

In any case, we should move on to happier things.

In paticular, we should move on to Breckenridge Brewery’s “remarkable” and “partakable” Vanilla Porter. It’s a vanilla-flavoured beer in the same general vein as Granville Island’s Lions Winter Ale, but richer and more subtly flavoured. Unsurprisingly, like Flying Dog, Breckenridge beers hail from Colorado. One might be forgiven for speculating that Colorado has passed Ireland and the Czech Republic in terms of beer mastery and is nipping closely at Belgium’s heels. (Of course, one may be overwhelmingly North American, and thus subject to accusations of bias — but at the same time, one might tell such an accuser to shut the fuck up.)

So, back to the porter. It’s rich without being sweet, a fine improvement over Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. It’s very — very! — drinkable; it’s one of the best beers I’ve ever tasted. Buy some if you find it.


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