Last night on the way home from Carnage we stopped at the Long Trail Brewery for dinner and drinks with friends. I really like Long Trail’s pumpkin ale, which is one of their specialties this time of year, but when I tried to order one the waitress informed me they were out. Sadface. Then she mentioned that they did have plenty of the Imperial Pumpkin and asked if I wanted to try that instead. It sounded good to me so I said sure, and off she went to get me one.
It’s worth mentioning here that “Imperial”, when it comes to American-made beers at least, usually means that the alcohol content is higher than normal beer – generally somewhere between 8-12%, which is double what normal beer usually runs.
Long story short, I ended up drinking two glasses of the Imperial Pumpkin, plus about half a pint of my husband’s hard cider, by the time all was said and done. WHEEE! By the time we were ready to leave I had decided that I really needed a growler of the Imperial Pumpkin to take home. We bought the growler plus a bottle of a fancy stout that my husband wanted to try, and then headed home.
When I got home, I started reading the printed info on the back of the growler bottle at home, I noticed that it said it should be consumed within 72 hours of bottling…and within 24 hours of opening.
A growler, for the record, is 64 ounces. 64 ounces of beer is a LOT. I was definitely thinking this bottle of beer was going to last me the better part of a week, not A DAY. There’s no way I can drink it all tonight, certainly…especially given that I have to work tomorrow. I’m just going to have to hope that it keeps ok for another couple days.
Moral of the story: don’t go beer shopping when you’re already drunk.