My friend Victor recently had a kidney removed to donate to his father. They’re both doing great (thanks for asking), and he recently asked me this in an email:
“Also an important question that crossed my mind pre kidney donation – if you were to have one last beer on this earth – what would it be? The question does not stem from the fact that I might die or would no longer be able to drink post op… but more from the notion of that one last beer my kidneys would share as a Team – a duo… I thought about it for a bit… but decided that the Random order of Chaos in Nature would decide. So that last beer ended up being the Dry Hopped Saint Rogue Red. Very Very Hoppy but nice. Or you could phrase it – if your Kidneys would share one last beer together what would it be? And would this be the same that you would choose if it was the last beer your liver might filter?…”
As far as my internet research tells me, there’s not much you have to change after losing a kidney. You might just have to pee more often. Unlike losing a part of your liver or having a liver transplant, in which case you have to seriously moderate your alcohol intake. So my answer is that I wouldn’t want my kidneys to share just one last beer, but three, as it might be the last time I can stay sitting in one place and finish three beers. Perhaps the entire line of Maredsous ales–a 6, an 8, and a 10? The pair of them could do some fine work there.
For my final liver beer: something with some killer alcohol, of course. Dogfish Head’s Raison d’etre is one of my favorite beers, and they now have a Raison d’EXTRA, which is 20% alcohol. Yep, you read that right. Joe posted a picture of this one a few days ago.
And these are both different from my death row beer, which would have to be a New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red Cherry Ale. That’s the taste I want in my mouth when I die.
What would yours be and are they different for all three?