Upon returning from New York everyone, without fail will ask the following questions:
1.Did you get engaged?– This might just be me, but every time Jordan and I go on holiday people seem to think I will be so overcome by romance that I will propose. It doesn’t matter how many times we explain that ‘It ain’t going to happen, stop trying to live vicariously through us.’ People still ask. And no we didn’t get engaged.
2. Did you enjoy it? I’m so sick of this question that I’ve started answering, ‘No it was awful.’ This shuts them up.
3. Did you see anyone famous? To which I like to answer ‘Everyone is famous to someone.’ This makes me sound like a pretentious wanker, which I am, but that’s not always desirable so sometimes I explain ‘I saw a world renowned beer writer, you wouldn’t know him though.’ Truth is the best celebrity we could rustle up in New York was a guy called Rich Sommer. Never heard of him? Well that’s because he ain’t that famous, in fact it took us about 20 minutes to work out why he looked familiar (he played one of the friends in Devil Wears Prada) and it’s taken a trip to IMDB to determine his name.
4. Did you see a Broadway Show?
The answer to that last question is “Of course, we saw two.” Now as this isn’t a blog about musical theatre I’m not going to explore the success or otherwise of shows. But rather I shall discuss how to match your beer to your Broadway show.
As an aside if I was reviewing musical theatre I would tell you the following. Cats is badly written musical that has no story and spends its entire time introducing kitty cats to the audience for no good reason (read the book it’s better) it also rips off 1970’s sci fi movie Logan’s Run. Wicked is possibly the worst musical ever performed and rips off the story and dance moves from 80’s high school romp Can’t Buy Me Love. And finally I hear Spider Man is shit (I always knew that tax dodging arsehole Bono was overrated – much like Tom Hanks hasn’t made a good film since Big, U2 haven’t made a good album since Rattle and Hum)
But back to the beer.
Our first Broadway show, what not a Broadway show in the way you are thinking, firstly it was off Broadway and it contained no song. It was a play called The Other Place and the Lucille Lortel Theatre which has the huge advantage of being close by Blind Tiger, which is my favourite beer bar in New York City, and a perfect place for a pre show brew.
Now The Other Place is a wonderfully constructed and thought provoking play which is both funny and sad at the same time. It is a sophisticated work, not an easy watch, and not going to appeal to the masses. Finding a beer that is worthy of it would be difficult.
But find it we did in Two Brother’s Domaine DuPage which in itself sounds very fancy, and then when I tell you it’s a bier de garde should sound suitability elitist. The beer itself is instantly fascinating. It has some great understated spice flavours and I sensed honey overtones (although the brewer’s tasting notes suggest caramel so my tastebuds could do with some training). There is little carbonation and just a gentle hoppy aftertaste.
I assure you that it suited a rainy Saturday afternoon on which I drank it, and went fantastically well with the rich pate that myself and my brother Andre shared (Strangely I always drink Two Brothers, and 2Brother’s brews with my brother). Definitely Pint worthy.
Our second Broadway show couldn’t be more unlike the first if we tried. The Other Place was a think piece and a portrayal of one woman’s (expertly played by Laurie Metcalf, of Roseanne fame) descend into dementia. Avenue Q was a rude, crude (but very clever) musical with Muppets.
For this type of outing – we needed and more playful beer. Something like Avenue Q – Something that both reminds me of my childhood, but also stamped itself as a drink strictly for adults. I needed Left Hand Milk Stout.
This is a black beer with a tight creamy mocha coloured head. The smell had very faint powdered chocolate tones, but it certainly wasn’t overpowering by any stretch of the imagination. It tasted lighter than I was expecting, but this also meant it was also more refreshing. It was also unusual in that it acted the opposite way to what I would expect. The hops come through early in the sip (is that even possible?) and then after the sip (2 to 3 seconds after it) there are these nutty and chocolately flavours kicking in. Very strange indeed, but highly drinkable and really quite enjoyable – Schooner.
Two Brother’s Domaine DuPage – Pint
Left Hand Milk Stout – Schooner
The Longbow YouTube Clip: It’s my favourite song from the production, and word’s to live by – The Internet is for Porn. It would be remiss of be to not mention the connection between the LEFT HAND stout and this brew.