Adventures of a Modern Day, Middle-Aged Hero, on the Glory Road(to family security)


Too rich for my blood.

Today on the way home, I stopped to pick up some beer, and I saw a sign that caught my eye: 

'It's here!  Limited Release Dogfish Head World Wide Stout!  Limit 1 per customer!  Ask staff for details!'

Well...how can I, a sucker for marketing, ignore a pitch like that?  Dutifully, I headed off in search of a staff member, to find out the details.

World Wide Stout is a limited release beer from Dogfish Head Brewing, known for being brewed with a 'remarkable amount of barley', that comes in at around 18% ABV.  If you are willing to buy some and let it age, it will eventually mellow in flavor, and climb to around 25% ABV.  With Dogfish Head originating in Delaware, it already has a long trip to make it to Washington.  Add in the 'limited release' part of the equation, and you end up with something that is not cheap.

How not cheap? 

$14.95 for a 12 ounce bottle. 

Not a 6-pack.  Not a 4-pack.  Not a 40 ounce, and not a 22 ounce bottle.  $15 for a single 12 ounce bottle.

Folks...I blinked.  And then I wilted.  I feel like a guilty member of the 1% when I pay $5 for a 22 ounce bottle of Mocha Death....there was not way I could pay $15 for a single 12 ounce beer. 

The fact is, I'm not sure I can imagine what a beer would have to taste like to be worth $15.  It would help if it was served by Kate Upton...but even then...

Instead, I bought a 6-pack of White Out, by Rocky Coulee Brewing, a smaller place up in Odessa.

Pretty dark for a beer called White Out.  What I like about Rocky Coulee is that unlike a lot of eastern Washington breweries, which play up the hops, since they are brewed where the hops is grown, they play up the wheat and barley...more malt than bitter. 

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