#31: Find my Favorite Beer of All Time
Oh, the suffering I endure for this list! Just kidding. Beer hunting is pretty stellar stuff.
I got the idea for this entry on the life list because of a recent moment of beer-induced euphoria I experienced at a restaurant in Yountville. Michael and I were on our honeymoon and we were determined to do nothing but sleep, tan, and eat expensive gourmet food, and, well, honeymoon stuff.
So. One of our meals was at Ad hoc.
It’s a popular down-home-cooking style place run by the people at the very chi-chi French Laundry. It has a prefixed meal so everyone in the restaurant eats the same thing on any given night, but the menu changes nightly.
We asked the waiter to do all the appropriate wine and beverage pairings for us. They were pretty well suited until he suggested a beer with our dessert of Chocolate chip bread pudding and cinnamon apple butter. “Seriously?” I thought. Well, port sounded funny with bread pudding. So did champagne. So I gave in and decided, why not.
And then it happened. My mind was blown. Who knew beer and chocolate could have been even more delicious than wine and chocolate?? I never thought of myself as a beer person. This beer was amazing. What kind of beer was this? I asked. I can’t remember for the life of me now… but it was a local oatmeal stout and had a picture of a kid on the label.
Now that my mind is open to beer, and I know that I really like it, I have been on a quest to find the perfect beer. I’m starting with other oatmeal beers like the one from Ad Hoc (I think) and here is my first stop on that quest:
Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. Can we say stupidly delicious? Pretty great stuff. Not bitter at all. Heavy, but not guiness heavy. Kinda sweet, but not too sweet. It’s almost like if you could have an alcoholic dark chocolate milk shake. That’s what it’s like. So for now, this is the top of the list.
However, I feel like this Samuel Smith choice barely begins to scratch the surface of the rich beer world I’m just discovering. Sadly, you can’t buy beer on Amazon.com or iTunes, so there’s no “If you liked This Beer, then you’ll probably like That Beer” feature to use. But maybe you, dear friends and readers, can make some suggestions? I’m really liking the stouts (not so much the porters) but I also like Belgian Ales as well.
And so I continue on my beer hunt….