(So, I tried to update this post and I accidentally deleted it. I was able to retrieve it, so here it is, and it’s not updated. However, let it be known — The Field did have Murphy’s and it was just as delicious as I had hoped.)
Boston, MA —
This is my first BeerUnion post and, to be honest, I’m a little nervous. Mike set the bar pretty high with that elaborate brewday play-by-play…
Anyways, I’m writing to follow up on a comment Mike made in an earlier post. It’s true, we have been “drinking more Murphy’s than water” here in Apt 28. There are few things I love more than a delicious Irish stout, especially Murphy’s. I have had little trouble finding Murphy’s in cans at local liquor stores, but finding it on tap has proven to be a bigger challenge.
I’ve determined that we live in a Guinness-dominated world (or city, at least). Don’t get me wrong, I love (LOVE) Guinness, but there are better dry Irish stouts out there. Guinness tends to be a bit watery, a bit bland, sometimes just boring. Murphy’s makes up for everything that Guinness is lacking. It has a fuller body, richer flavor, yet is still (dangerously) light enough so that you can consume many pints.
Alright, so here’s where the quest begins. Of course, Guinness is served at 99% of bars I’ve been in. Where’s the Murphy’s?! Our usual “Murphy’s bar,” Bukowski, has taken it off tap and has replaced it with Gritty McDuff’s Black Fly Stout (ehhh, not so great). So our mission tonight is to find a bar with Murphy’s on tap. After calling around to many Irish pubs, I’ve got my hopes set on The Field in Central Square in Cambridge. This is a traditional Irish pub owned by a true Irishman, who I hope will serve me my pint of heaven-sent goodness with a side of craic.
Guinness simply won’t cut it tonight. Stay tuned for updates on the search for Murphy’s Irish Stout.
Ashley (& Mike)