Sunday, October 21, 2012
Coming Soon to a Fireside Near You
It's a new offering from an old, familiar face. It's called Guinness Generous Ale, and according to one website: "Guinness brand is taking a page from the craft playbook and producing a holiday beer. Guinness is introducing Guinness Generous Ale, a 5.6 percent alcohol by volume holiday ale that offers the distinct roast of malt Guinness is known for in the style of a more traditional English Ale. The beer will be available in a Guinness Winter Selection Variety Pack, which will hit shelves nationwide around Nov. 1. The Guinness Winter Selection Variety pack will feature the new Guinness Generous Ale, along with Guinness Black Lager, Guinness Draught and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout."
5.6% is considerably higher than regular, familiar Guinness Stout, which comes in around 4%. According to the legend, the founders made it that way for a reason. They wanted a beverage that would be nutritious, filling and low in alcohol content--something which describes their flagship beer precisely--in order to wean the working classes away from harder stuff and its concomitant ill effects on society.
Whether or not they would approve of this new winter ale may never be known, and whether the beer drinkers do or not won't be known till All Saints' Day. The PubScout will again sacrifice himself to a sample or three, just to keep you informed.