Featured Beer #2 – BrewDog Hardcore IPA

I Drink Alone.  So What?

Round 2, here we go.

The VHT liftoff was a good one, with me having the opportunity to drink Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA from Rogue, a brewery out of Newport, Oregon. Also, being able to kick this off in Iowa was certainly fitting. However, I’m back in Dallas now and on to a new beer to discuss.

This week, it’s BrewDog Hardcore IPA from BrewDog Brewery.

Yes, another IPA, which stands for India Pale Ale in case you didn’t know.

I dig ‘em.

Hardcore IPA. When it comes to Imperials, hardcore is exactly right.

This brewery started as just two dudes and a dog in Scotland saying “forget the norm beer here in the UK, let’s do our thing.”

That’s not a quote, and I doubt the dog said anything, but that’s what they did.

A hell of a lot more than two people work there now, and that’s a great story. For any of us, regardless of venue. You can make things happen if you want to, whatever your passion is.

BrewDog Hardcore IPA

On to the beer.

The bottle calls it an “Explicit Imperial Ale” and when you see the word “Imperial” on a beer, whether it’s a stout, IPA, or pilsner, that means you’ve been warned.

There’s a lot of alcohol in it. 9.2% according to the bottle.

You can taste it. And feel it.
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IPAs take time to get use to, as do the usually less bitter pale ales, but once you do they are tasty.

And this one is.

You’re going to find that there’s very few beers I don’t like.

This week I’m at the Flying Saucer, by far my favorite bar in the Dallas area. And for next week’s VHT, I will be here as well, however next week will be a special VHT for me.

If you love beer, this is where you come. Period.

You’ll see.

But for this week, much like last weeks’ first installment, I’m drinking alone.

Yes, I do have friends.

It occurs to me though that this new venture, VHT, might find me drinking by myself quite often. I mean everyone has different schedules, for instance my wife is sick as a dog right now, and it’s up to me to drink and report on to you.

What a burden.

I’ve never understood why people are so uptight when it comes to alcohol. You drink by yourself and you have a problem. You’re an alcoholic. Maybe you should talk to someone.

Maybe you’re just thirsty?

I love being around people, and I’m an only child that likes being by himself as well. But I love beer, so why wouldn’t I indulge, in a crowd or alone?

Believe me, I carry no guilt either way.

I will tell you this, if anyone ever tells you that if you drink by yourself you have a problem, tell them to leave. If they’re not at your house, then you leave. Lose their number if you have it. Unfriend them on Facebook. If there’s ever a procedure that can erase memories, do that to them as well.

They don’t care about you if they say dumb shit like that.

You’re welcome.

So, as I finish this beer, the BrewDog Hardcore IPA, which I recommend to any Imperial IPA lover, I say this:

Me: I drink alone. Yeah, with nobody else. Yeah, you know when I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself.

If you don’t know what I’m referring to, then you’re young, so click the link above.

Hell, click it anyway.  Yes, I’m getting drunk.

Cheers peeps.

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