Your Favorite Discontinued Beer.
Why am I sitting here thinking about Blind Man Ale? That was made here in the mid-1990's by a brewery (Blind Man Ales, natch!) that was described by a visitor as "the second most primitive brewery in the world; the most primitive is in Burkina Faso."
Following introduction of their idiotically hoppy, cask-conditioned flagship product, production was expanded first to Blind Man India Brown Ale ("Think Newcastle on steroids," one reviewer wrote) and then to Blind Man Espresso Stout. The first batch of draught Espresso Stout contained enough coffee that after drinking 4 pints of it in 5 hours, I was rendered nearly permanently sleepless: my mother noted my room light burning at 7:00 A. M., peeked in to find me reading, and commented "You tell John [Gayer, the brewer] that I said to include some decaffinated coffee in there!" He did in subsequent batches, and I was no longer guilty of sleep deprivation.
If the company had been capitalized better, it would surely still be in business. An amazing rattling bottling line (fresh from the Biscoe, North Carolina Coca-Cola plant) did help matters, but there was no quality control to speak of, and some batches didn't turn out as well as others.
Many beer lovers in these parts regret the all-too-soon passing of Blind Man; there is still Blind Man signage in The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club in Atlanta; Barley's in Asheville, N. C.; and Nick's Deli in Clemson, S. C.
Now -- do any of you have an out-of-production brew memory to share here? Now's the time!
A Wee Bit Thirstily, Ort. Carlton in Joyful Athens, Georgia.