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March 13, 2003

Please, Pardon the Intrusion.........BOO-YAH!

Beer of the Night - Olde Suffolk English Ale.

Beer of the Night came real close to being Two Glasses of Scotch Night. This was in my email when I got home tonight (personal info munged)

Dear Bigwig,

Saw your French military timeline and loved it. We're doing our own French skewer for our July issue, and we'd love to run your timeline if you'd be willing to sell it. Also, we're always looking for good humor writers. Don't know if your committed full time to Silflay Hraka, but if you're interested in pitching us ideas, or perhaps an assignment sometime, we'd think you'd be great in the mix.

My number is ###-###-####. I'm on a tight deadline with the French piece. If you could let me know as soon as possible I'd appreciate it a lot.

Yours truly,

##### #####
Editor-at-Large
Maxim Magazine
######## at maximmag.com

Suspicious and paranoid man that I am, I ignored the pitter-patter of little duck feet under my sternum and checked the headers for the originating machine. That particular post has generated more than a little antipathy from certain brie loving Sartre readers, and I'd hate to have the friends of Les Chameau pull one over one me.

Received: from webmail.dennispub.com (webmail.dennispub.com [63.116.60.32]) by ncmx02.mgw.rr.com (8.12.5/8.12.5).

Okay, so dennispub sounds ok, could be a publishing company. Let's try www.dennispub.com, see what that brings up.....c'mon, baby needs a new pair of something.......hot friggety damn!

So I called them. I'll let you know if anything happens.

Zod: Like they could stop you.
Ah, it's not that big a deal.
Zod: Barely even worth mentioning.
It's a slow night.
Zod: Such a small matter. You'll probably forget all about it.
Probably will.
Zod: Not worth even cashing the check, really.
Hey, let's not go crazy, here.
Zod: I'm not the one talking to me, if you get my drift.
Not any longer.

It's very good scotch, but so far I've saved it for friends, so I pulled the Olde Suffolk out of the beer fridge. It being the closest beer equivalent to aged whiskey in the house at the moment. It's a mixture of two ales, one of which is aged for two years in oak casks. It's possible to taste them separately, but you have to know the brewer. I've had it before, back in the dot-com era when the Sainted Wife and I were flush with cash and unflush with children, days long ago when I had a membership in Michael Jackson's beer club. No, not that one. I shudder to think what he would send out in the mail.

The Olde Suffolk is as dark as a porter, so by my theory it should be at least as complex. Unfortunately, now that I've reached the review portion of the post, I find that the beer is gone. From memory, then. Good Bouquet, good head, kind of a hoppy/coffee overtone, which tasted better than it sounds. I'm worried that it was a slight touch of the problem that the Caledonian did last night, in that it's a winter beer and we're moving on towards spring, but if so, it wasn't nearly as bad. I got them both at the same place, at the Frugal MacDoogals just south of Charlotte, and while they carry a great variety of beer unavailable in NC, they strike me as being more concerned with quantity than quality. Not that I have much of choice. There's not a lot of beer specialty stores near Rock Hill that I know of.

Posted by Bigwig at March 13, 2003 08:55 PM | TrackBack
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