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Halloween Beer: McMenamins Black Widow Porter

McMenamins Black Widow Porter 2014

The other night, my wife and I settled down to watch Great Estates Scotland: Rosslyn Chapel on PBS. I popped a beer that had come my way recently: McMenamins Black Widow Porter.

It was a lovely companion for learning about one of the world’s most mysterious buildings.

Black Widow poured thick and dark. On the palate, a silky, rich texture gave a pillowy mouthfeel, while bringing on flavors of plum and a hint of licorice, with a nice balance of sweet and roasted malt plus a refreshing bitterness. Given the pleasant tang on the finish, I was all the happier to savor this beer.

McMenamins Black Widow Porter 2014

  • Malts: British Pale Malt, Munich, Flaked Barley, Wheat, 135/165 Crystal, Black, Roast
  • Hops: Horizon
  • Additional Ingredient: Licorice Root
  • OG: 1.074
  • TG: 1.017
  • ABV: 7.35
  • IBU: 40
  • SRM: 38

Black, roasty, smooth, and scary good, Black Widow Porter is available only during October at select McMenamins locations throughout Washington and Oregon.




Express

Posted by Anthony St. Clair on oneword October 28, 2004 10:57 PM
Tonight is going to be like my own trip on the Hogwarts Express. Forget here to there, it’s going to be one world to another, all that I loathe and endure to all that I love and wish for and want only to be with and in and around – take me out, take me down, take me up tonight!

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Glitch

Posted by Anthony St. Clair on oneword October 12, 2004 08:32 PM
There never was a perfect system, or never a flawed one that could be fixed or rectified. He rode the glitches as best he could, he turned from solution and attempt to solution and attempt, he stared down one glitch here and another there and hoped always to get things if not right then at least a little closer to it next time. He never stopped riding the glitches. No one did. He just tried – but maybe that was a glitch too.

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Timing

Posted by Anthony St. Clair on oneword October 11, 2004 07:54 PM
What else mattered? What could be said or done or tried again, now? His timing was never right. Things fell…

The sun went down and we walked out, looked around as someone passed by. He went to say something, left it just too late, and the stranger never heard as he just walked obliviously by.

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Borrow

Posted by Anthony St. Clair on oneword October 7, 2004 07:34 PM
Borrow this, it’s red and big and beating and can do you and everything and one a lot of good. Borrow it, come on, if it’s just borrowing, I know you, I know how badly you’ll make sure you give it back, because you don’t steal, you always return.

Take it. You need it. I know it. I can see it in you. Just put out your hand.

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Essential

Posted by Anthony St. Clair on oneword October 6, 2004 08:18 PM
There was so much to bring! He put it all on the bed – the pack, shoes, boots, sandals, 5 pairs of underwear, 6 shirts, some flashlights, a deck of cards, a corkscrew, his passport, a packet of traveler’s cheques –

“Oh c’mon,” she said, “just take what’s essential.”
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Less

Posted by Anthony St. Clair on oneword September 22, 2004 10:39 PM
Less is more, so many say and so few do. More is more, less is the stuff not of simplicity but of simpletons. Whatever. Whoever. However. Make do, do more with less, less talking more listening less thinking more writing do more or do less but do well or just do nothing at all – and maybe a little less would be good for you…

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Vague

Posted by Anthony St. Clair on oneword at September 19, 2004 07:46 PM
“Give me an answer.”

“What do you want me to say?”

“Whatever you have to say.”

“That’s pretty vague.”

“It beats total evasiveness.”

“Just tell me what you want.”

“I have. And it has nothing to do with going in this circle.”

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One Word, every day

one word. so little time.

Now this is a writing exercise. They give you one word, and you have 60 seconds to write. No thinking, just writing.

Writers should scribble every day. It’s practice, just like hitting a ball or shooting an arrow. I’m going to start going to one word every day. I’ll post my ramblings under this One Word, 60 Seconds category.

Now it’s your turn. Besides, it’s only a minute. You can spare a minute for a bit of writing. It’s good for you. Anyone can bare their soul, or just blather some shite, for 1 minute. Go on. That’s it. Click the link.

Have fun.




Blanket

Posted by Anthony on oneword at September 3, 2004 08:21 PM
This place could use more blankets. All the ones here are us, you and me, and travels together and time together and laughter and lots of frustration when trying to bargain in 100-degree heat with very strange bills that we have to study. But it’s always funnier later. And now the bedspread is down, sunshine on a futon, and there is blue on the wall, and us, everywhere. Everywhere. But we need more blankets.

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