This Christmas session is brought to us by none other than Stan Hieronymus himself, co-creator of The Session 9 years ago. The topic this month is:
If you could invite four people dead or alive to a beer dinner who would they be? What four beers would you serve?
Well then, 4 people to have a dinner and drinks with and they can be dead or alive. I'm going to go all 6th sense and look for dead people because having a drink with people that are alive isn't all that difficult.
No.1 - Michael Collins - He was a leading figure in Ireland's war of independence and civil war - Apparently, his favourite tipple was Wrasslers stout from Clonakilty, Cork. I would serve him a pint of Wrasslers XXXX by The Porterhouse and ask him to compare it to what he used to drink. It's one of my favourite beers.
No.2 - Michael Jackson - The Beer Writer, not the pop star - He was before my time in the sense that he died before I really got in to beer. I would share the same Wrasslers with him because he is reported to have said "The best stout in Ireland for my money".
No. 3 - Albert Einstein - Physicist - He was German so by rights, I can only imagine he liked a good beer but that's not the case. He didn't drink very often and if he did, it looks like wine or cognac was his poison. I think he could explain the universe to me over a few pints and I could in turn educate him about beer. Might even try a drinking game, if I get Einstein completely plastered, will he still be more intelligent than us mere mortals? I could serve him one of the many beers named after him.
No. 4 - Jesus of Nazareth - Apparently the Messiah or just a prophet depending on your religion - Why you ask? Complete curiosity of course. Religion aside, He was a real person with references to him in Roman writings and other non Christian sources, including Islam. I would like to hear his story. The other reason of course is that if we run out of beer, he can instantly turn water into wine and the party goes on. He might make a believer out of me after that. What beer to serve? Maybe some Arrogant Bastard? Or perhaps keep it religious and a Trappist ale.
So there you have it. My 4 picks for a macabre dinner party. Thanks to stan for hosting.