- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 19, 2009

Ah, spring!

When Nature wakens from her winter slumber and Life renews itself once more.

When birds return from their migratory excursions and flowers display their vernal brilliance.

When my neighbors haul all of their old stuff out of their houses and try to sell it on their front lawns.

Ah, the rites of spring!

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I read last week that Guinness is readying a new beer for its 250th anniversary.

Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout will be in U.S. stores April 24. It’s the first new beer Guinness has exported to America since 1960, when it sent us Guinness Draught.

The new beer has a maltier taste and has a slightly higher alcoholic content than Guinness Draught.

For those of you who know me, beer-related news is usually good news. And as I always say: There’s beer, and then there’s Guinness.

Guinness is a meal. It’s the only beer you consume with a knife and fork.

They say they created this new beer in honor of Guinness’ 250th anniversary. But this is really the beer they were trying to brew when they accidentally made Guinness 250 years ago. That’s my suspicion.

The thing about Guinness is that you can pour yourself a pint at the start of a party and still be drinking that same pint at the end of the party, and nobody will call you a lightweight.

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