Sunday, November 22, 2009

Brewhouse Brown Ale

Apparently there is a number called Dunbar's Number, which is often given a value of 150. This number is the typical amount of people that one person can normally manage relationships with before their brain starts overheating (no, not literally). I hadn't heard of Dunbar or his research until a marketing guy I like posted an entry about it several weeks ago.

Now, that's not to say I hadn't heard of Dunbar's number before. I just thought it was the maximum capacity of an overcrowded Dunbar's Bar (couldn't find a website, unsurprisingly) in Ithaca, NY where I went to college. I found a handful of fairly recent reviews, which was helpful in determining that this place still exists today. Back in the early 90's, though, it was one of my regular bars.

Dunbar's was (and from what the reviewers said, is still) a dive. The owners, or at least who everyone thought were the owners, were cranky old dudes that stalked the place. But they were part of the charm, often leading the bar in "you bitch, you slut, you whore" add-ons to the Lucille refrain on the jukebox. Great songs though with Brown-Eyed Girl, Sweet Caroline, Kung Fu Fighting and a ton of others that were never changed.

What else? No "jumping" on the pool table; No cigars or clove cigarettes; No fake Canadian licenses on the days they had Canadian bouncers at the door, duh. Living so close to the bar for two years, my friends and I went often. Sometimes to see this one hottie chick bartender and sometimes to do other ultra grown-up stuff like smelling girls' hair as they walked past. Good times!

Now for a beer that has never been served in Dunbar's (98 3/4% guaranteed). That's Brewhouse Brown Ale brewed by Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, Texas. There is actually a quaint illustration of the original Real Ale Brewhouse on the label. This beer came back from my friend's trip to Dallas a month or so ago. Thanks, again.

Nutty, malty aroma. The flavors start out similarly, with nutty, malty and also some burnt tastes. Pretty nice. Some hops and citrus cut the malts a bit, and take away some of the initial sweetness. Rich, smooth body. Dry finish. This was a simple yet tasty beer. I'd drink it again if it were available. On tap would be even better I bet!

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The Holmes said...

I live in Austin where Real Ale's offerings are available damn near everywhere. It's easy to take the good local stuff for granted. And yes, it's pretty damn good on tap.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey The Holmes.

Thanks for stopping by. Don't take local for granted, especially beer. My bottle traveled thousands of miles to reach me here in Florida. I'll have to try it on tap when I get back closer.

Something to be Thankful for this week, right?