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‘Twas three nights after Christmas, and all through the house, not a snack could be found, no chips, no pretzels, no nuts. No nothing.

And I wanted a beer. I wanted the Radical Road Brewing Company’s Slingshot that was sitting in the fridge. We bought it at the LCBO a few days earlier, and now that all the mimosas and Manhattan’s and cabernet sauvignon had been consumed, I wanted a beer, a refreshing beer. I wanted to kick back, eat a bag of chips and drink beer.

So off to Market Fresh (my favourite market) …and what to my wondering eyes did appear? Potato chips flavoured with Guinness Stout Beer!  Oh yes, beer flavoured chips. They’re a thing.

This California Common lager was everything I’d hoped for: crisp, easy-drinking, with a hoppy finish. It was absolutely perfect with the Guinness thick cut potato chips.  The chips were rich and creamy, just like a Guinness (I think they were $3.99/bag), and coupled with this lager, they were just right.

The lager, with its mild fruitiness, cut the richness of the stout-flavoured chips. I think Slingshot would be equally as excellent with other rich dishes: a big juicy burger and gruyere cheese, maybe pulled pork poutine, or a beef and potato stew. Or with whatever you want to eat. Try it with friends. Or by yourself. Or while on holiday. Or not.

It’s the holidays! Eat, drink beer and be merry!

P.S. to be honest, I’d never heard of a California Common before. So, according to the interwebs, it’s a “unique 100% American style lager, usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temps”. Drinking beer can be so educational!