But don't pound it. This isn't Rolling Rock, man, and you're not in this to quench anything. Drink it long, drink it hard. Drink it as if you're one of the a goddamn Brits, who, through the Theakston Brewing Company, are the proud creators of the Old Peculier brand. (Yes, the name of the ale is spelled with an "e," not an "a"; peculier is a Norman French word meaning "particular" -- not odd.)
Old Peculier's the bridge linking two more prominent beers: Newcastle (whose maker owns Theakston) and Guinness. If Newcastle's light enough to be considered a sort of appetizer and Guinness is more like a nice rich dessert, Old Peculier's an entrée: hearty and deep enough to fill you up with a hefty sweet-dirt (mmm ... sweet dirt) flavor. But be careful: It's revealing that the official Old Peculier Web site (www.theakstons.co.uk) offers hangover advice. Its makers know what they're brewing, and they advise accordingly.
Though many places around St. Louis offer the beer, the Way Out's a good place to sample it because it's got the feel of a neighborhood pub -- all that charming, priceless '50s ephemera on the walls, the St. Louis vibe, all the tattooed ladies (ladies with the guts to brand themselves on the arms, where it shows, not hide their art away on the small of the back or an ankle). Yeah, the rock bands are pretty loud at the Way Out, and you're gonna have to scream to make your point. But loud's OK at midnight here, especially if you're feeling Peculier.