So there I was. Driving down the highway minding my own business. Then all of a sudden. Nothing. Just like that my car ran out of go.
So, I called hubby who promptly came to the rescue. I was about an hour away from home so I got to hang out on the side of the road waiting. And, of course, I had to piddle . . . bad!
My faith (or lack thereof) in humanity was restored when not one single person stopped to see if I needed help. So much for chivalry, knights on white horses, damsels in distress, and all that fantasy world stuff. Thanks goodness I have a husband who is cute, smart, attentive, and mechanically inclined.
Anyhoo . . . an hour or so later hubby showed up with a toolbox that weighs something like 200 lbs. After fiddling around with doohickies, whatsamacallits and thingamajiggers, he determined that the engine wasn't getting a spark and that it was probably a busted timing belt. My poor car wasn't going anywhere except strapped down to a flatbed tow truck.
So, what's a girl to do? Drown her sorrows in a big honkin' glass of beer (or three). Duh!
Newcastle Winter IPA (5.20% ABV) by Caledonian. I'm not a huge fan of Newcastle Brown Ale but I love IPAs. So, why not? Then, I learned that Newcastle is actually owned by Heineken. Huh, who knew?
No matter, I got served a long, tall amber beer with a nice little head in a glass loaded with bubbles. The aroma is caramel malt and sharp hops. The flavor is a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. It has a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is somewhat light making this an exceptionally drinkable brew. I like it. It's flavorful and goes down easy. Especially, good on a day when a girl (or guy) needs to unwind! Overall: Good.
Also on tap I tried a:
Brewnette Amber Lager (5.00% ABV) by Beaver Beer Company. Huh, this brewery is less than 20 miles away from me and I never heard of it. Goodness, gracious! There are so many breweries are popping up in Connecticut I can't seem to keep track!
Served up in a big, ol' pilsner glass, the beer is a fairly clear brown lager with a good two-inch head. The aroma is caramely with hints of bready yeast. The taste is somewhat sweet with malt and some toffee flavor, the yeast come through with a nice balance of bittering hops. It's got nice carbonation, lots of bubbles. Generally speaking, it's a little light on flavor but it's not bad, just nothing special. Overall: Good.