I have no beer in hand. Not I. I have a Manhattan. More than once in a while in the summer - and it still is summer - I like the clink of ice in glass. So it was with some interest that I read an article from Portland Maine's community web news site, Switch, that a pal had sent me. It was about the best and worst of the working lives of a number of Portland's finest bartenders. Most of the bartenders seem to work in cocktail places but my pal sent it to give me the gears as he pointed out that a "guy at novare res, the snooty beer bar, says that on a bad day "for me, nothing beats an ice cold miller - the champagne of beers." Novare Res man also said a number of other things like:
Describe the atmosphere at your bar: Novare Res is a pretty laid back beer bar. Most requested drink: It’s all about the beer. Mmmmmm ... beer.
Worst drink to mix: When I worked with a full bar, martinis were always the worst. Best drink for the worst day: For me, nothing beats an ice cold Miller High Life ... Champagne of Beers...
Personal drink favorite: There’s a brown ale that we carry at Novare that’s amazing, and I’m a sucker for Miller Chill...
Well, as I learned in Lansing the other week, there is a proper time for Miller High Life and its not just at the end of a bad day. And just because you work in a great Belgian beer bar in Maine, well, it doesn't mean you have to like the stuff, right? But shouldn't he have narrowed it down a bit more that "a brown ale that we carry"... and what's the hell is with the Miller Chill? Best line of any of the bartenders:
Worst drink to mix: Allen’s Coffee Brandy and milk, or “Fat Ass in a Glass.” Just mixing one makes me question humanity.
A few years ago I wrote a post about how Allen's Coffee Brandy was the most popular drink in Maine but in all the years that I have visited there, I never met anyone who drank it. Pity those who work the front lines, the ones who have no choice but to serve “Fat Ass in a Glass” when the customer says so.