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Marriage + Beer = Ball and Chain Stout


ballandchainIn recent weeks my fiance and I have struggled over what to give our guests as favors for the reception. There are the usual, boring little items, but who really wants any of that. We wanted to give something any decent person can appreciate. And then, over lunch with Jon and Joel, it hit us. Give the people beer.

Honestly, who doesn’t want a good brew, and not just any brew, a MNB brew. So, over the course of the next few weeks we will be brewing three custom batches of stout (with more developed chocolate notes than the Lumberjack) that will be handed out as favors at my wedding.

As my best man, my friend acquaintance, and as the Chief Creative Officer, Jon has suggested the most encouraging name to date, the “Ball & Chain Stout”. While insightful and poignant, I throw this to you, dear readers, and ask that you weigh in on the name of this stout.

6 thoughts on “Marriage + Beer = Ball and Chain Stout

  1. OK, Ball and Chain, while good, is somewhat cliche. So, mayhaps something a bit more subtle…say, Commitment Stout?

  2. Ball and Chain’s good. You could go for a bit of cockney rhyming slang, and call it “Trouble & Strife Stout”. Then make it head bangingly strong so it lives up to it’s name. Dick van Dyke would be proud.

  3. Ball and Chain Stout is good.

    It would fit better on the label than “Not Tonight, I Have a Headache Stout.”

  4. I like Ball and Chain, as well as Jonathan’s Bridesmaid suggestion — though I think the latter could be improved as “Bawdy Bridesmaid,” simply because it’s a more distinctive character, and a perennial threat to groomsmen everywhere. Perhaps it’s also high time for some holy writ in the quote section — something unsettling, like Song of Songs 8:3: “Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.”

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