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Day 41: Das beer

Posted by Adam Sell  August 10, 2008 02:37 PM

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boston60_logo.jpgI'm Adam Sell and I have two months left before I leave Boston. My challenge? Do something in the city every day. Have ideas for my adventure? Send me an email.

There are and will be some days throughout this project on which prior commitments make it impossible for me to get out and visit or do anything. For these days, I have set out to visit the site for that day ahead of time. This is one such entry - I completed it on August 8.

Not so long ago, a friend of mine spent a semester in Belgium working on her International Affairs program in an environment better suited for that kind of study than Huntington Avenue. While there, she rapidly became a fan of Belgian beers, in particular, the short stout-bottled Duvel. The Belgian stuff is lighter-colored, hoppier, and with a bit more kick in terms of alcohol content. I tend to prefer my beer darker and with more robust malt, personally. But at Jacob Wirth's, no matter what kind of beer you like, they'll have something for you.

A friend and I sat down for some Fatherland food and a hearty beer or two after we shook off our umbrellas (this summer hasn't exactly spared us the storms, has it?). I make a point of not asking a waiter/waitress for more time to decide on a menu item, particularly when it's Friday's dinner hour, but we had to request another minute or two on the beer alone.

Once we'd settled on our libations, we looked at the food menu to find schnitzel. While I'm normally a daring person when it comes to food-sampling, this time I was the lamewad who got a burger. It's German, ain't it? That's gotta count for something, even if I did get it covered in bleu cheese.

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My friend, however, got the German food sampler plate. So she definitely gets the experimentation points for this meal. And our beers? Solid. But any place that has Narragansett as its "house" beer gets a lot of credit from me. My only regret is that despite being there during the Friday Night Singalong, we didn't know anything about it — we were on the wrong side of the wall.

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