Bacchus has Lagunitas crazy wild asshole ale on tap. And it’s delicious. And I LOVE IT. Do not quote me on the exactttttt name, but it is a Lagunitas Ale, and there is something in the name about being wild/crazy. As far as the asshole part, well…..when you are drinking Ale with a almost 10% alcohol content, i think throwing “asshole” in the title is perfectly fair.
Personally, I only had one. I also loved it so much and thought it was so special that I wanted to drink it out of this FANCY little baby pimp cup (known to mere mortals as a tasting cup)….but present company did NOT approve/threatened to slide several seats away from me.
As if Bacchus even needed to take my love (obsession) to the next level, they now (sometimes) have arugula. Really. This means you can have a perfect wood fired crust, topped with an olive oil infused reduction, arugula, sausage, red onion, and the moneymaker…FIG. Write that down. It’s not on the menu. YET. I’m thinking if we band together we can get this guy his rightful recognition. If I have any say at all (what are the chances?) I’m going to fight for him to be officially named the honeybadger. For my honeybadger friend, Brianne- who introduced me to this sexual, dangerous, yet relaxed combination of ingredients… it really is like a sexy, fancy, almost high class party in your mouth. Sort of like the kentucky derby. I hope you like it.
As we left Bacchus, I was talking about how much I love commas,,,,,,,,,,,more specifically, how I strongly believe that there is a special place in hell for those who do not utilize the oxford comma. As I surely aroused my dining partner with this fascinating facet of my personality (I know, very lucky guy), he of course challenged that the oxford sucks, and that I was wrong. What happened next was only what I can compare to the experience some would call being touched by an angel. I don’t enjoy being wrong, and am very passionate (cray) about forming a body of evidence to support my case. Whatever I have to do to bring this naysayer to my side, I’ll do it.
It was one on one. I needed to settle the score. The street was dark and quiet. The night was young. I panicked. Out of the corner of my eye I see a human being. YES. That was the only qualification I was looking for. I immediately approach. “Excuse me…..hello. What are your thoughts on oxford commas?” As my companion immediately prepared for what would most likely be my untimely rejection, physical/verbal assault, my eyes connected with eyes that can only be described as from the Kingdom of Heaven.
Then, this random human began to speak. And I quote:
“Interesting that you should ask. For a century it has been part of OUP style to retain or impose this last serial (or series) comma consistently, [...] but it is commonly used by many other publishers both here and abroad, and forms a routine part of style in US and Canadian English. [...] Given that the final comma is sometimes necessary to prevent ambiguity, it is logical to impose it uniformly, so as to obviate the need to pause and gauge each enumeration on the likelihood of its being misunderstood – especially since that likelihood is often more obvious to the reader than the writer. Also, The Chicago Manual of Style, Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, most authorities on American English and Canadian English, and some authorities on British English (for example, Oxford University Press and Fowler’s Modern English Usage) recommend the use of the serial comma. Newspaper style guides (such as those published by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, The Times newspaper in the United Kingdom, and the Canadian Press) recommend against it, possibly for economy of space.The differences of opinion on the use of the serial comma are well characterized by Lynne Truss in her popularized style guide Eats, Shoots & Leaves: “There are people who embrace the Oxford comma, and people who don’t, and I’ll just say this: never get between these people when drink has been taken. In Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom, the serial comma tends not to be used in non-academic publications unless its absence produces ambiguity. Many academic publishers (for example, Cambridge University Press, for books published in the UK) also avoid it, though some academic publishing houses in these countries do use it. The Australian Government Publishing Service’s Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers (6th edition, 2002) recommends against it, except to ensure clarity”.
I don’t really remember the moments that immediately followed. They say that after experiencing the afterlife, things can be a bit blurry. I am told I moved forward towards the random human like a curious jungle cat….ready to leap with sheer excitement. I think was going to hug him, but then panicked and we all shook and held hands and hugged and danced in a circle. I mean we shook hands.
As we skipped home in sheer delight, we couldn’t help but marvel in the brilliance that exists in dark, weird, streetlight places. (Aka randomly on the street in front of Bacchus.)
The moral of the story, is that you should obviously go to Bacchus, drink Lagunitas, and eat arugula and fig pizza. It’s a recipe for magic and jungle cats and serendipity and strangely good, wild, whipsmart stuff. What’s not to love? Nothing. Everything is to love in TROY, NY.