Monday, April 20

When light beer is good

Don't worry, I wasn't actually drinking light beer, I just happened to stumble upon a microbrew that poured surprisingly light in color (It's the girl in me that wants to think microbrews have to be darker in color. Kind of like thinking about running out of blinker fluid).

Bell's Lager Beer, also known as their Lager of the Lakes, pours a light golden draft, reflecting the twinkling of a lake on a summer's afternoon — and tastes just good enough to make you believe your relaxing in that exact scenario.

I added a slice of lime to give it a little more bounce, but it was perfectly delicious just by itself as well.

All in all, I tend to find Bell's a delightful brewery. Anybody have a favorite by them?

Thursday, April 9

Beer: my portal through time

Beer can take you a lot of places, but I would have never guessed it would take me back to 1983 — until last night. Let me take you back with me...

So there I was, sitting with my sister and her boyfriend in their one-bedroom apartment, her and I with a Leinenkugel's Honeyweiss in hand (classic), and the boyfriend sipping on a paper-bagged forty of Olde English (all too classic as well).

We decided the evening would be best fitted by browsing their Netflix movies and came across Strange Brew. And that's when I entered the 1983 beer-drinking world of 'eh?s' and excellent 1980s special effects.

In all honesty, it was a pretty good movie, and I've posted more links about the flick here.

And, speaking of special brews, I had the liberty of trying out a new ALTernate. More specifically, it was New Glarus' ALT. It has a full body and a distinct brew flavor — its brewed with caramel malts and aged in Oak with a few special brewing tricks thrown in. Its not easy to drink more than two in a row, but definitely worth the time and effort.

In the larger scheme of things, has anybody else stumbled upon a good hidden beer I should get my hands on? I haven't had the luxury of doing much searching as of late, and I'd really like if you could help your fellow beer-drinker out.

Until then, go ahead and enjoy the finally warming April weather — of course with a beer in hand.

Wednesday, April 1

In a crazy beer world

I am sure many of my loyal readers are aware of my distinct love for one brew: a good ol' Blue Moon.

I have recently had the misfortune of discovering this — Blue Moon actually doesn't taste the greatest from a bottle. Now, I could give the brew the benefit of the doubt and blow it off as a bad six pack, but this is the second six pack I have been disappointed in.

The only thing left for me to do now is buy a keg-orator, because Blue Moon seems to only tickle my fancy on tap.

Being that isn't going to happen any time soon, I guess I'll just have to stick to being adventurous when it comes to six packs, and my next one is coming straight from Saint Paul, Minn., from a company called Flat Earth Brewing.

Its a company that was started by husband and wife in 2007, and celebrates its 2-year anniversary today. I'll let you know how the taste test goes.