If you look to the bottom right of Manet's lovely 1882 impressionist masterpiece A Bar at the Folies-Bergère you see a bottle that modern beer drinkers will be familiar with. As I browsed about for my weekend tipple last week, I was vacillating between giving the Dogfish Brewery 90 Minute IPA a try (I had been well impressed with the 60 Minute version the week before, having followed Tamara's suggestion. Mmmmm.... Bitters.) and just going back to an old reliable-Spaten Optimator. Finally, my desire for malt coupled with a nice October cold front compelled me to grab the familiar old dopplebock. As I began to wander toward the register, however, the 24 oz. bottle of Bass in the singles case caught my eye, and I thought back to the fine art that Manet had wrought in the penultimate year of his life, 124 years ago. In a fit of responding to style over substance, I bought a bottle of the Bass, as well. Now Bass has always been to me a great complement to fish, or half of the ingredients to a good Black and Tan, but I had no fish at home, and no stout to float over it. Clearly I should just have put it up until later. So what did I do?
Duh. I drank it, and took a picture of the bottle next to the picture on my computer monitor. What would YOU do?