Sunday, November 29, 2009

Old Scratch Amber Lager

When I was in high school, one of our friends had a Ouija Board. A bunch of us used to get together and have some pizza or watch a movie or every once in a while drag out that game and light some candles to set the mood. To tell the truth, I had always thought it was stupid and just a bullshit trick and that the two "players" were responsible for all the moving.

That was until I tried it with one of my friends. When your fingers are on the pointer or whatever the hell you call that thing, it's very easy to tell if the other player is manipulating the movements. (And I'm guessing you are all smart enough to know if you are moving it yourself. If not, this game isn't for you.) Anyway, on more than one occasion, this one friend and I summoned a being who insisted on being called "GOD". We basically said "Fuck that" and called him "THING". Then the typical high school questions, until we got bored. At that point we just started insulting Thing which made our hands move around crazily and eventually off the board. I haven't used a Ouija Board since that last summer before college, but I must say I was a believer then. What do you think?

Today I'm drinking Old Scratch Amber Lager brewed by Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland. The label talks about scratching the itches you can reach, like the sheer desire to drink this beer, but suggests a chat room for other fantasies. Strange little alien crustaceans are what the picture is showing, at least in my estimation. Typically weird yet always entertaining labels!

The aroma is sweet with some light fruit and tea. Floral, fruity and citrus flavors will be the first thing you taste here. You will then taste some grains and hoppy flavors. There is a bit of malt, and it is lightly spicy as well. Slightly bitter, crisp, refreshing, smooth. The medium-upper level carbonation does give it a bit of a sharp bite. You finish with a little medicine band-aid type flavor left on your palate. All-in-all, a nice beer.

Ouija Board: Glow-in-the-Dark

Gonzo: The Art--Ralph Steadman

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