Rob mentioned that this summer, as usual, has been jam packed with cookouts, camp outs, trips to the lake, trips to the beach, weddings, pool time and every other imaginable summer activity including LOTS of beer drinking. Just not so much beer making; It happens OK. Looking back at some earlier post we realized a lot of stuff beer related HAS happened this summer but what we want to tell you about now is “THE GUINNESS 250”. Steve told you guys about our incredible meeting with Fergal Murry the Brewmaster for Guinness, if you don’t remember you can read it here. What we haven’t told you yet is that a few weeks after our meeting we all received an email from Rich Gallagher of Taylor, Guinness’ PR firm, stating that Guinness was creating a group of only 250 of the biggest Guinness fans in the country and that this group was made of up celebrities, media personality and the three of us. Because after all we had met with Fergal so we must be some of Guinness’ biggest fans. We were pumped! We thought this was the coolest thing ever and couldn’t wait to be involved in all of the specials and activities they promised us. A few days later, after confirming our desire to be part of this select group, our welcome packages arrived. They were decent sized FedEx boxes filled with goodies like bottle openers, rugby shirts, coasters and a nice little certificate with our name printed right on it… That was April, this is the end of August. Have we heard a peep from them since? I think not. We are still waiting around to find out what if anything “THE GUINNESS 250” was all about. We’ll keep you posted.
I posted the other day that we had a twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Guinness’ Brewmaster, Mr. Fergal Murray, this past Monday. (twice because we saw him again that night at the Perfect Pour, heh heh…) It was an unforgettable experience and we learned A LOT about Guinness and the man behind the stout! We learned…
1. Fergal is the freakin’ coolest name ever.
2. (Quickly) how to properly enjoy a Guinness. I cannot divulge in writing because it is a rather fun and amusing experience that must be shared while drinking the beer!
3. That Fergal has the most pimp job in the world: It consists of traveling the world talking about Guinness and how and why everyone should love it! He gets to judge beer contests and watch soccer in the middle of the afternoon.
4. That girls don’t have an excuse not to drink Guinness. It’s relatively low in alcohol, lacks in high calories, and has very little carbonation (doesn’t make you gassy/burpy/farty). It tastes like coffee so if a girl enjoys coffee, she can’t say about Guinness, “eewwwwah. it doesn’t taste goodah.” BOOM.
5. And to wrap it up, Jamie and I are going to Ireland later this year, and if any other lads or lassies want to come along, yer mere than welcome te! (that’s right, spelled-out Irish accent)
We brew on Sundays. This one was no different, except we decided to incorporate St. Patrick’s Day festivities into the brew day, and my my what an adventure! This past Sunday was beautiful, and we got going at about 10am; our feast of corned beef, colcannon, soda bread, and of course Guinness was excellent. We had about 20 people in and out of the house, including some new faces, all the while brewing up ten gallons of IPA 2.1.1, as it were, and I’d even go so far as to say that it eclipsed Brewperbowl ’08. I think we managed to make a couple more true believers, at least as much as our (his) Steve Ale is concerned. Steve Ale was responsible for this:
But I feel like he strikes that pose a lot, and I don’t know what he’s showing you in this one. Steve Ale was not, however, responsible for this:
That would be thanks to a little flip cup with Sweetwater 420. These are the only shirts Marc owns. But this:
What St. Pat’s party wouldn’t have whiskey? Or Whitney, for that matter? Even though we didn’t have Irish whiskey…you’ll notice I’m very much absent from the photos; you can figure out why. I will say that St. Patrick’s Day itself, for me at least, did not involve any beer, meat, or really motivation to do anything. But we’ve got ten more gallons of our most popular brew ready to go in a couple of weeks now, and no more hangover!