This IPA tastes like soap!

19 Aug
Generic pint of beer

I had a lot of delicious beverages over the weekend. Yes, it IS Friday, and I’m STILL thinking about them, thankyouverymuch.

 I’m not going to do any full-on reviews, but I will strongly recommend the Log Towne Lager from Growlers (address and link at the bottom of the post), and Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon (available at the Quarry House Tavern, info also below).
At the Olney Ale House (info below), I had a beer that unintentionally tasted like soap. There are a lot of fancy-pants beers out there, many of which incorporate strong flavors of flowers and spices and such on purpose. However, with my drinking experience and my New England pedigree, I can assure you that Harpoon IPA is NOT ONE OF THOSE. If you read the description at the link, you will note that it describes the beer as “floral.” However, there is definitely a difference between “floral” and “feeling like I just took a shot of lady-scented bodywash.” (Hint: if you can’t tell whether your beer is clean, wait for the aftertaste. If the aftertaste tastes like beer, you’re probably fine. If it makes you want to scrub your mouth out with a wet washcloth, ask for another one.)
I was about to preface this sentence with, “I don’t like to be a difficult customer, but…” The more I think about it, though, the more I think it’s that I don’t want to be perceived as a difficult customer, or perhaps even that society tells me that as a woman, I’m not supposed to be “difficult.” I mean, yes, I have a genuine desire to not make my server’s life miserable (seriously folks…they’re on their feet for hours at a time…say “please” and “thank you” and leave a good tip). But at the same time, I also have a genuine desire to get what I am paying for. I politely informed our server that my beer tasted like soap, and she promptly brought me a clean one. Which was delicious. I still recommend this establishment because hey–shit happens!–and everyone involved dealt with it gracefully. Also, the outdoor dining area is totally sweet. 
The chasm between floral beer and lady-scented bodywash is equally wide as the chasm between standing up for yourself and being a bitch. It is completely possible to get what you want in life and still be the kind of person who never gets the complimentary side of spit sauce with every entree. Don’t sell yourself short. You deserve nice things, and you can do what you need to do to get them.
227 E. Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877
The Quarry House Tavern
8401 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Olney Ale House
2000 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Maryland 20832

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