A Conversation for Porters and Stouts
Pipey Started conversation Jun 21, 2000
Steeped as it is in the 'black stuff' (stout , not some northern river) Ireland has taken on stout as its own. Indeed the development of Stout, coming out of Porter, meant that for a long time in Dublin the two were synonymous and the difference between 'plain' Porter and 'extra stout' were completely blurred. So much so that when the Bard of Booterstown Jem Casey was quoted in Flann O'Briens 'At Swim Two Birds' extolling the Pint of Plain chances were he was actually wittering about the most excellent stout instead.
"In times of trouble and lousy strife,
when no rashers grease your pan,
you can always turn to a brighter life,
a pint of plain's your only man."
Pipey Posted Sep 22, 2000
There's actually about six verses to it (obviously I can't remember them all) - the book itself's well worth a read, if a weeney bit bizarre.
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