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Back in college, I was pretty high maintenance... I could never just roll up to the local bar or frat party and accept a cheap beer. I needed a fancy, fruity, and frivolously expensive cocktail of sorts. Or two. Or three. (Ummmm, not that I drank all that much in college, Mom and Dad... You guys reading this?)

Needless to say, beer was never my thing. I liked wine. I liked margaritas. I liked anything with a sweet and strong kick. But beer? Nah. All those bubbles, all those calories, all those carbs—bottle after bitter bottle.

The Charm of Guinness

Throughout my twenties and early thirties, I continued to turn my nose up at any and all brewskies. Until one day, when I found myself "snowed in" (and abandoned) at the local Irish hole-in-the-wall bar across from my LIRR train station. No car, no cabs, and no end in sight... Just a warm place to hunker down until the storm calmed down. With a $20 credit card minimum, I sat at a bar stool and dubiously looked at the menu. The cocktails did not look appealing—to say the least—and the wine list was not up to snuff... And so I did it. I went all in and ordered myself a Guinness. (The frothy top reminded me of a latté or a milkshake, so I figured I'd close my eyes and make believe.)

I hesitatingly took a first sip and—SURPRISE!—I really liked it. I thought it tasted like a cross between a coffee and dark chocolate—with a subtly underlying beer flavor, of course.

Since then, I've broadened my horizons and tried a few other brands and brews, and it turns out, my taste has evolved. But stouts—like Guinness, the traditional Irish beer—remain among my favorites.

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It. Was. Awesome! These will definitely be reappearing come dessert time on St. Patrick's Day. I might even try replacing my vanilla with coffee ice-cream instead, to really enhance the espresso-y flavor in the beer. Mmmmm... Guinness + ice-cream + coffeenow those really are a few of my favorite things!

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