After a bit of an unintentional hiatus I am back to type about my favorite writing tools and beverages. And to mark this return, let’s go for the really big stuff! A big, bulky typewriter, and an equally big, bold beer.
Underwood’s Rhythm Touch
The last Underwood that I wrote about wasn’t even really an Underwood. Of course, as most typewriter afficionados are aware, Underwood was bought out in 1959, essentially ending the reign of one of the great, original manufacturers that made typewriters ubiquitous in the first half of the 20th Century. This machine, serial number 11-6408225, comes from 1948, I believe, based on the serial number data at the Typewriter Database.
As I write in my typecast, this is a really big machine when compared to my collection largely consisting of portables! But it is built solid and tough, and was it pretty good working order when I got it. There are a few small things I’d like to do to it, but I am really reluctant to mess with it much. I don’t want to try cleaning it too much and regret damage the original finish, or the chrome pieces.
One thing I will mention that swung my interest in buying this beast and lugging it home was the decal pictured next to the name: “Underwood Limited. Toronto, Canada” so proudly displayed right on the front was just too great to resist. “Look,” I said to my daughter, “they used to make things in Toronto!”
I think this Underwood will be sticking around for quite some time, and if my daughter will let borrow it from time to time, I would love to crank out some pages with this baby!
Unibroue’s Grande Reserve 17 (2017)
Just as the Underwood is a giant among typewriters, the Grande Reserve 17 is a giant among beers!
According to Unibroue’s website, this recipe was originally brewed in 2008 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the brewery. Not intended to become a tradition, they discovered over time that it aged very well (a common practice for wines, but a new concept for many beer drinkers raised with a familiar bias toward light lagers). And it started to win awards! Now they brew it annually. This sample was from the 2017 batch.
This beer really is something of an experience. First, one must remove the cork. The aroma is delightful, full of roasted malts. The colour is dark, and the flavour is powerful – and at 10% alcohol, it is very much a sipping drink! As it comes in 750mL bottle, it is a good one to share.
Lots of malt sweetness and strength in this one, slightly booze with a hint of oak – this is a really great beer, especially for someone like myself, who appreciates a beer that will really warm you. As such, you don’t necessarily need this to be fridge temperature. A lot more flavour will be present it you let it warm up a little bit before opening.
This is a really big beer, and the Underwood is a big, heavy typewriter. When enjoying both together, be careful and remember to drink, and type, safely. Cheers!