The polls are closed and the results have been tallied.
In first place we have a post about beer.
Tied for second – my brothers visit, the family's car curse, and walking.
So here we go. …
You can't think of Ireland without thinking about beer. Guinness in particular is a national icon. So this is going to shock you…
I'm not much of a drinker. :eyes:
Sad but true, I got to the point where the morning after was not worth the night before. Now I'm out of practice and I have no tolerance for alcohol, so one pint and I'm good for the night.
I really don't mind. I still have a good time and most folks are happy to have me as the designated driver. The only problem is instead of drunk, I end up wired on caffiene after a night of soft drinks.
But back to beer. When you think of Ireland, you think of Guinness, but most younger people these days will drink lagers instead of stout or ale. Guinness is an acquired taste, I'm only just starting to get to like it. It can also be a problem getting a good pint. Guinness is very sensitive to conditions, especially sitting in the piping of the beer taps, so the the more Guinness that a pub serves the better the pint. My uncle will only drink Guinness in certain pubs where he knows the pint is good.
Personally, I tend to drink ale. Like Smithwicks or Kilkenny. Again, these would not be as popular, particularly Kilkenny which was originally produced for export only. The Irish tend to see it as something foreigners drink.
Lager, despite it's popularity, is not something I drink a lot of. When I do, I guess it would be Stella Artois.
BTW, Amstel Beer has been showing a series of brilliant ads here in Ireland this year. I haven't been able to track them down online, but they feature the same Irish lads at great moments in history. We've had Columbus discovering America, the seige of Troy, and Noah's flood.
That's all I can write for the moment. Stay tuned for part two.