“That’s the test of an ale with me: whether it tastes as good afterwards as when it’s going down. Ballantine does.”
But seriously, Ballantine is nowhere near the same beer as it once was. It’s megaconglomerate owned, and even though it’s reasonably tasty, it’s not… not great.
Getting ahead of myself. I write for The Hoppy Half-Pint, and we’re doing a preview of a new Guinness tonight; Guinness Irish Wheat. In short; It’s delicious, with fruity notes, a good malty and wheat-berry flavor, with an amazingly unique perspective on wheat beer. Just drink some, for fuck’s sake. If you’re a beer drinker, you want to drink it, and if you’re not a beer drinker, you’re wrong.
Today was range day. Range day, since I’m not in the service anymore, involves packing up the gun (or guns), heading to the range and shooting some shit. There are no range nazis (provided the range is a good one), the day is fun, and you get to use whatever the fuck you want, while tactical timmy next stall weighs in at half the GVWR of my All-American Jeep Wrangler (sarcasm. Fiat fuckers…) and has 90 million accessories on his picatinny rail while still hitting 4″ groups at 25 yards…
I digress. A little, not a lot.
America. And other shit. We like to pretend like America is just one nationality, and be all insular and everything. Horseshit. America belongs to the natives, who graciously do not murderfy all the rest of us assholes who squat on their land. Despite that, we all agree on the freedom thing, except for California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and a few other misguided states. Fuck ’em, the bastards.
I, however, went to the range, shot my AR, and had a great fuckin’ time, and surprisingly nobody murdered anybody else, people were polite, and everything was hunky dory.
Guinness is not exactly American. Guinness is Irish. I can respect that, especially since both we and the Irish have given the finger to the UK over the years. Over the past couple of years, though, Guinness has been turning themselves into a legit Chico style craft brewery with a full range of beers, so I highly recommend checking it out – especially since Guinness does not make a bad beer.
But this is just the rant; check out the full article at the Hoppy Half-Pint, if you want to read about awesome beer and other good shit. See? I’m not telling you what to do. I’m just saying you’re a fuckhead if you don’t read the article.