BOTW–Siamese Twin Ale

I was pretty skeptical when the manager of the liquor store told me about this month’s beer selection.

Another beer in a can, but this time it is a Belgian style double from the Santa Cruz brewers, Uncommon Brewers.

I mean sure, lagers in a can.  That seems fine.  But a Belgian style ale?  That just seems crazy.

And then he went on to tell me that they included such things as Lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaves.  I was afraid for the worst.  That this would be another Lienenkugel’s Sunset Wheat fruit-loops-in-a-bottle debacle.

I’m pleased to report that this beer is not a debacle at all.  It is on the sweet side, as is typical of the double sytle, but the spices are very subtely deployed.  If I had to pick a beer it reminded me most of, I’d say it is Chouffe’s Holiday beer, N’Ice Chouffe.  In addition, neither Mrs. Flannestad nor I could detect any significant alumininum note in the beer.

If you read up on Uncommon Brewers, you will discover that their brewery is carbon neutral, they only use organic whole spices, influenced by the Slow Food movement, etc.  You know, the typical California Hippy stuff.

But anyway, despite all that or perhaps because of it, the beer is very, very good!

Dinner tonight was meatless.  Pasta with a sauce made from Two Dogs Early Girl Tomatoes, Romano Beans, King Oyster Mushrooms, Zucchini, Squash Blossoms, Marjoram and Thyme.  Topped with some goat feta.  The Two Dogs tomatoes are so good!  We had to restrain ourselves from eating them like candy.

Quite tasty!:

Du Barry Cocktail

Du Barry Cocktail

1 Dash Angostura Bitters.
2 Dashes Absinthe. (Marteau Verte Classic)
1/3 French Vermouth. (3/4 oz Noilly Prat Dry)
2/3 Plymouth Gin. (1 1/2 oz Plymouth Gin)

Shake well and strain into cocktail glass. Add slice of orange.

Close, but no cigar?

If I hadn’t made my version of the Fourth Degree Cocktail recently, I would probably enjoy this more. It’s OK. But, splitting the vermouth between sweet and dry is waaaaaay better, at least to my taste. Though, I should try it with my spiffy new Dolin Vermouth. It’s possible, my Noilly Dry was getting a bit tired.

Googling DuBarry, one of the first things that comes up is Marie-Jeanne, Comtesse du Barry, professional courtesan and royal mistress to Louis XV.

Executed during the French Revolution, her last words to the executioner were reported to be, “Encore un moment, monsieur le bourreau, un petit moment,” (“Just a moment, executioner, just a brief moment”).

Even though I enjoyed the Fourth Degree a bit more, there are certainly worse ways to pass the time while waiting for the executioner, than the Du Barry Cocktail.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.