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Still On Notice

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Just a quick note here. It turns out that I work just around the corner from the Charles Bar, a place I had previously put On Notice for a dismal attitude towards craft beer. Since said notice, I was informed that they now carry a single tap of Howe Sound beer. So I decided to pop in and check things out, and see if their approach has improved.

I soon discovered that they did, indeed, have a rotating Howe Sound seasonal on tap. Things were looking up. I inquired as to what this might currently be, hoping for an answer like “Total Eclipse” or “Pothole Filler” since those are the current Howe Sound seasonal offerings. Instead, I got “some sort of winter ale.” Things were not looking so up.

Don’t get me wrong, Father John’s is a fine brew, but it was brewed way back in December, and this keg was likely delivered not long after that (strike one). I was still hopeful, so I ordered a pint.

Even though I ordered a pint, I was delivered a 16oz sleeve. Strike two. The glass was frosted, and the beer was ICE COLD. Strike three. I mean, really, frosted glassware for a winter ale? I haven’t seen that since about 2003 when I witnessed a surly waitress drop off a pint of guiness in a frosted glass and then proceed to tell my protesting friend that “Beer is served cold, sir.”

I don’t know about you, but I like my winter ales to taste like something, so I was forced to spend the next twenty minutes with my hands clasp around the sleeve, and boy isn’t that a fun way to have lunch?

All in all, this is barely more than the most imperceptible nod towards craft beer. Charles Bar, you’re still On Notice.

Written by chuck

February 29th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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