It is only fitting that after a two week cleanse/detox that my reintroduction to the world of beer was by uncapping a brew with “farewell” in its name. Nestled away in a corner of our beer fridge since we received the bottle of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Projectâ€™s Field Mouseâ€™s Farewell back in September from a gracious friend with access to east coast gems, we felt it would be a great reward for our efforts over the past few days. Field Mouse, a rustic golden ale brewed with barley, oats wheat and rye, pours a rich golden hue and has a brilliant smell of honey, spice and a bit of farmhouse funk. Its taste lingered for some time. My favorite aspect of the brew was the hint of spiciness which it carried that Iâ€™ll attribute as the ryeâ€™s contribution to the beer. Not overpowering, nor too subtle, it was a nice compliment to the sweetness, farmhouse, and golden ale aspects of Field Mouse. I really look forward to trying Pretty Thingsâ€™ East India Porter which is currently still chilling in our beer fridge, saddened by the departure of its brother.
As for the cleanse/detox, for me it was an interesting experience. I found the first week to be the toughest of the two. Eating mostly fruits and vegetables, I quickly realized that I needed to double my food intake to stop myself from being constantly hungry. While I missed certain things â€“ beer, cheese, and cured meats â€“Â I really didnâ€™t mind treating my body a bit better than normal. Forgoing sugar and caffeine was not that big of a deal as I rarely eat sweets or drink sodas. I did however miss my Saturday morning cup of coffee while listening to Car Talk. Could I eat like we did all the time? Absolutely not. With that said, I see finding a happier medium in the future.