I have a friend who claims culinary greatness for a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup served on a chilly day.
She might be right. Except that I would add to that a pint of cask bitter.
And those were on my menu last evening at Arlington, Va. restaurant Tap & Vine. Except that I had substituted truffle-oil fries for the sandwich.
Outside, it was a cold December night. But inside, the rustic house-made tomato soup was warming, the aromatic fries belied carbohydrate guilt, and the firkin cask of Winter Storm Imperial ESB (Clipper City Brewing) was spot-on delicious.
What's the difference between beer on draft and beer from a cask, I was asked.
The first is beer on TV, I replied. The latter is HDTV.
holds the first pint from the firkin ...
... and conducts phone business.