So my love of beer started at an early age. It was the late 70’s, I was about 10 years old. Back then there were only a handful of beer companies, all of which brewed the most basic of beers. Craft beer did not exist and light beers were just beginning to brew. My father was also a very basic sort of guy. “Budweiser in the Can” was all he drank. I remember vividly driving shotgun in his rusted out Chevy Impala. He would pull the tab on a can of Bud while steering with his knees, no seatbelt on with the windows wide open. Then he’d reach over to the passenger seat, thump the can against my chest and say, “Take a sip, it’ll put hair on your chest”. I had no idea what that meant. I was having trouble trying to figure out the hair on top of my head and why my mother would cut it herself, in the kitchen, with the dull-ass scissors from the family “Junk” drawer. So without hesitation I would always take a sip. With that first sip, my face would curl up like I just took a bite out of a lemon, then my body would shake for a second from my shoulders on up and when I burped hours later I would taste that tin flavored watered down Bud in the Can. Now that you have a glimpse into the origin of my couch time, fast forward 37 years to this past weekend when I invited my family to sample our new Brunch Menu at The Nutty Irishman that we are serving from 10:30am – 3:00pm.
Here is a transcript of the conversation with my father:
While looking over the new menu…
Dad: “What the hell is a ‘ManMosa’
Me: “It’s like a Mimosa but instead of Champaign, we use Blue Moon Belgian White beer, OJ and garnish with a slice of orange”
Dad: “Why the hell would you mix OJ with beer, sounds gross, not to mention……stupid?”
Me: “I continue by explaining to him that the Blue Moon Belgian White is a Belgian-style witbier brewed by Blue Moon Brewing Co. originally in Golden, Colorado, and launched in 1995. The grain bill for Blue Moon includes malted barley, white wheat, orange peel, coriander and oats—and is typically served with a slice of orange, which its brewmasters claim accentuates the flavor of the brew”
Dad: “ ‘Scoffs’, whatever…….ok, I’ll try one of your ManMosa’s”
Me: “So dad, how do you like your ManMosa?”
Dad: “I love it. Who knew you could mix beer with OJ and have it taste good”
An hour later he ordered another.
Moral of this story…..Don’t be afraid to order the ManMosa, your gonna love it!