Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Goodness My Guinness

Peteys Powderhorn ran a What Beer are You? quiz yesterday. I have to go to Chicago tomorrow to speak at some shindig. Chicago. I think I'll need a Guinness or two tonight, just to get used to that idea. On the plus side I only have to be up there a couple of days.
"Okay, we all know Guinness is the best possible score on any "What Kind Of Beer Are You" test, so you can just go on and pat yourself on the back now. Like the world's most famous brew, you're genuine, you've got good taste, and you're sophisticated. What else can I say, except congratulations? If your friends didn't score the same way, get ready for them to say: Guinness is too heavy; it's an acquired taste; it's too serious--and they probably think those things about you at times. But just brush 'em off. Everybody knows Guinness is the best. Cheers"

But even if you don't agree with the test review, or the brew, I'd bet you'd agree to a Chocolate Stout Cupcake, a little offering to my coworkers who will hold down the fort til I get back.


32 comments:

The Captain said...

I bet a Guinness and one of those cupcakes would taste mighty fine together.

Brigid said...

Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes (h/t the Repressed Pastry Chef)

Ingredients

4 ounces unsalted butter
10 ounces dark brown sugar
2 medium eggs, beaten
6 ounces plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
7 fluid ounces Guinness stout
2 ounces cocoa powder

Method
Prepare 18 muffin tins with paper liners
Preheat oven to 350 F
Cream butter and sugar together
Beat in the eggs
Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda into a separate bowl and set aside
Stir Guinness into cocoa and set aside
Alternately mix in 1/3 of the dry ingredients and 1/2 of the chocolate mixture into the mixing bowl... starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
Pour batter into prepared cups about 2/3 full
Bake for 18-20 minutes

FROSTING

* 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS

1. In a small bowl beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form; set aside.
2. In a large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla. Beat until smooth, then fold in whipped cream.

Brigid said...

The Captain: "burp"

GreyBeard said...

Guinness it is!

Bruce B. said...

The test result is right, you are the best.

I came up Guinness too but no surprise there. I loved Guinness the first time I tried it. Must be in the genes (3/8 Irish, 5/8 German).

That cupcake looks deeelicious! I bet they disappeared quickly at work.

Mulligan said...

Sigh, no cupcakes or beer for the diabetic. That's my story and I'm sticking too it. I have no idea where those crumbs came from.

Rio Arriba said...

Added up I've spent a few years of my life in Ireland. And not a wee portion of them in the various wonderful pubs all over the west coast. I'll have a Guinness, but it ain't my favorite brew. Don't agree with me. I prefer Smithwicks, or even Murphy's. Best of all is Bass (dark) but it's not available in Ireland-- at least not in the pubs I've frequented. Heresy, I know, but I'm entitled to it. So where's the stake and who's got the matches?

Andy said...

Yep, Guinness it is here, too, though it's what I expected. Guinness is truly Mother's Milk..and I am SO trying those cupcakes.

Smithwick's is a fine alternative! Don't fret about that...and I'll bet it'd make a great Black and Tan!

BTW Brigid, I recently tried your amazing chocolate brownie recipe...let's just say I had to keep my fingers away from the teenage feeding frenzy!

Thanks for the chuckle!

FarmerMechanic said...

I love Black and Tans.. Cupcakes looks great!

stbaguley said...

I was talking to the brewmaster of Bells, our local micro (growing all the time 'cause its good stuff)at a shindig this weekend and he said a dark beer makes a great steak marinade. I'll be trying that very soon. Sounds like something right up your alley too.

Marlowe said...

I find myself thinking of you often. Thank you for the Five Rounds post. Uniquely eloquent, belongs in The New Yorker.

Warthog said...

Is this another of those crocked cooks recipes?

7 oz of Guinness for the recipe and 40 or 50 for the cook?

Jenny said...

One of the gentlemen up here recorded this little ditty - sounds like som'n you'd like. :)

http://www.stumbleaudio.com/#mcampbell05/2

Aanoosh said...

Back when I was in college, the campus alumni house pub would serve this chocolate cake / vanilla ice cream dish. I used to order one with a Bass Ale. The combination between chocolate and beer is a very good one indeed.

What do these cupcakes taste like, Brigid?

Enjoy Chicago. If you're adventurous, check out this Mexican burrito place over in Calumet City, right down the street from Crowley's Yacht Yard. I think the name of it is La Paz or something similar. It's a kind of family place where the kids do their homework at the table behind the counter. Everything was cooked to order there.

Right near the intersection of S. Ewing and S Ave L in Calumet. I had the mast on my boat removed there before heading into the Illinois River system.

Stay safe.

Aanoosh said...

I'm a microbrew.

Hey, at least I'm not Pabst Blue Ribbon or Milwaukee's Best.

Roscoe said...

Mrs. Roscoe likes Frontera Grill in Chicago. She returned from her last trip to a medical conference in the city with a couple of the owner's cookbooks, a jar of salsa, and several bottles of sauces/marinades.

The "Mexican Everyday" cookbook, in particular, has recipes that work well when you're pressed for time but have cravings for the cuisine on "school nights".

http://www.fronterakitchens.com/

TheAxe said...

If you're going to a shindig, at least you know which end of the sword to hold...just in case ;)

RobD said...

This looks fantastic and Guinness has long been my favorite beer. Thanks. I think I may need to make these and take them in for my coworkers to try.

The Guinness over in Ireland is better, confirming the myth (my research just completed last week and I even "tipped a pint" at the St. James Gate Brewery). I think it is due to it being fresher from the source. The Draught kegs and cans in the US all come from Dublin in container ships. I think it develops a sharper taste over time, IMHO. On a related note, the St. James Gate Brewery also makes Coors Lite under license...covering opposite ends of the beer spectrum....Budweiser too.

WV: resessit (You resessit when flush mounting will just get in the way.)

Somerled said...

I tested out as a Bass but I've never had as much of a sip of it.

Guinness I remember. I'd rather have a wee heavy Scotch ale.

Hopefully you're survive Chicago, Doctor. Despite all the community activism, Oprah, and gun-free Shalom zones, it ranks no. 3 on the 2009 Forbes 10 most miserable cities list.

Shalom to you, Brigid. When in Chicago, pack heat. It is downright cold when the wind rips through downtown. ;)

Wild Deuce said...

Chicago?? Why in the world???

I shouldn't talk, I have to drive through there to get to work.

If you need refuge on the way there or on the way back, the wife and I are along the way (65 or 41) ... on the sane side of the border.

DirtCrashr said...

Guinness is God's own beer when it's fresh - I'm not so keen on the canned stuff.

williamthecoroner said...

Bass here.

Though, frankly, a good snakebite (1/2 bass, 1/2 cider) would hit the spot right now.

Mr. Engineering Johnson said...

Guinness isn't bad but the stuff that we get in the US never seems bitter enough for me. I got Bass, which suits me fine.

Enjoy Chicago. Wish we had better weather for you, but you're really in town the wrong time of year for much other than snow or cold drizzly days.

Anonymous said...

Southern Living a few years ago had a receipe for a gingerbread made with Guinness, and more in the frosting. I call it "Guin-gerbread" or "St. James' Gingerbread" when I take it to church functions.
LittleRed1

Cepik said...

Bass here, but I have never had it before. I like the dark weisens like Erdinger and Schofferhoffer. If a pilsner is called for I like Oranjaboom or Mousel . . . unless I am slumming (I almost always am) then it is whatever my wife bought in the icebox.

Big Ugly said...

If I am not mistaken, a pint of Guinness has the same nutritional content as a one pound loaf of whole wheat bread! You can live on Guinness!
Have you ever tried a Shandy-Gaff? One year on the Beaver Island race (sailboats on the Great Lakes) I had asked everyone on the boat if they'd like Shandy-Gaffs for the trip - they all declined with expressions like "Ralfff", Uck!, etc., so I only brought enough for myself. Once those Poseys tried a Shandy-Gaff, I only got one all to myself. The Mix is ... One-half Guinness Stout and One-half Jamaican Ginger Beer (the hotter [taste not temp] and spicier the better).
Try one! Shandy-Gaff in hand, hanging onto the shrouds for dear life!

As always, Brigid, love your articles.

Little Joe said...

I don't drink anymore but when I did Guinness Stout was my favorite.

The test is flawed I think. No way am I a Pabst Blue Ribbon. That's probably one of the worst beers on the market in my opinion.

Still, here's what I scored on the quiz.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

(33% dark & bitter, 67% working class, 67% genuine)

Joe

Less said...

I'm in the Chicago-area... I wish I would've read this sooner!

While I hate the politics, I still love the city.

If you're still around, drop me a line via http://www.mcsa56.org

Brigid said...

Little Joe - there's no way you are a Pabst. . :-)

cheers.

alex. said...

Bass, the test says, but I was drinking a Guinness Extra Stout while I took it, so I'm a Black and Tan!

Rio Arriba said...

I took the silly test. 100/67/67. Which makes me a Guinness in spoite o' meseff! Bejabbers!

Big Cat said...

The test has me as Guinness though my preference is Dos Equis amber, not too cold. A little sweeter then the Guinness although the black and tan can taste pretty smooth. My viking heritage leads me to the darker beers I think.