Star's Barleywine   

Usually at the end of my very infrequent posts, I ask for readers to share stories about Sarcasmo with the rest of us, I knew you guys were reading it! This lovely sweet story was sent to me by friend of the corner Tom.

Several years ago now I made a small batch of strong beer, sort of an attempted belgian ale thing, as sort of a tribute to [info]sarcasmoscorner. I owed her a bottle of Chimay, y'see,and I never got to pay up.

The results were disappointing— it didn't ferment much at first, basically a mild ale with a lot of extra sugar— so I never mentioned it to anyone. Left one bottle in the basement, didn't even bother to put a suitable label on it. Forgot about it entirely.

Now I'm discarding box upon box of stuff in preparation to move, and amidst four dozen empty grolsch bottles (I will never again ask movers to move my empty beer bottles for me, geez what a jackass move) I come across this thing. Still labeled "BAST.BOB ROSEMARY BREW."

Y'see, a decade ago (!) I made a batch of beer with rosemary rather than hops, out of historical curiosity: they used rosemary before they used hops. Guess what, it was weird and different and people largely didn't care for it.

I thought it was that stuff so I wasn't too excited, but I was curious what ten years might have done, so I poured a glass anyway.

It was the beer I'd made for Star. Apparently it decided to take its own sweet time fermenting in the bottle.

It is Star's barleywine. It is heavenly. And there is just one bottle in the world, half of which is already in my belly. Sorry about that guys. (:

Tom Boutell

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Posted by Star on Sunday, April 18, 2010
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