Philly Beer Weekend

My wife and I made a trip up to Philadelphia this past weekend for the huge Tattoo Convention held annually at the Sheraton Hotel. While we were in town, we took in some history with the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the National Treasure Museum. Okay, that last one was a lie. We had authentic cheesesteaks from Pat’s and enjoyed the many cultures that attend the convention. But the real story is behind the two visits we made to a brewpub and gastropub.

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The Curiously Light Stout

Picture yourself at the bar, ordering a drink with dinner. Let’s assume you are trying to keep your evening light and fit. You order a glass of red wine to pair with your medium rare, but gently charred steak salad. Congratulations! You’ve ordered an adult beverage that ranges between 90 and 120 calories. But wait! What’s this? The bartender tells you that you could have a pint of Guinness Stout for 125 calories. Plus, the alcohol content sits at a relaxing 4%. Red wine is about 12.5%-16% ABV. So now you are having a glass of wine with your light dinner which will probably give you a little bit more of a buzz, which will now lead to you blowing a little higher than expected on your BAC test when the cop pulls you over tonight on your way home to catch the finale of Biggest Loser.

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