You know, not every beer night can be the same. Not every one can be a blast. And sometimes not every one can be spent sipping away on craft beer. It’s expensive; relatively speaking when you’ve got Rolling Rock at 8 bucks for a dozen. At this rate cheap beer nights are destined to happen much more often than craft beer nights.
Last night was a hybrid of the two situations however. On Friday’s, like most of America, I like to unwind. I decided what better way than with beer. It’s just delicious. We all know that. I ended up purchasing that 12 pack I mentioned earlier, but I counterbalanced it by grabbing one of Port Brewing’s Lost Abbey label beers; The Ten Commandments. It’s an ale brewed with spices, raisins, rosemary and it stands for all that is holy in the craft beer world, right? At 10% it makes up for choosing the Rolling Rock(which is not bad, truly!), but still came out to around $12 for just one bottle. Damn!
Having good taste can be expensive. But by the same token having such an experienced palette also means I am shopping and purchasing from independent breweries everywhere. This is a good thing, in spite of the price tag. As a person living in poverty craft beer probably shouldn’t be in my budget, however craft beer stands for so much more than just a good time. You figure it out. Cheers!
CraftBeer.com and the Brewers Association offer this neat list of those American brewers, who would have you believe their beer is independently owned, well crafted and/or small in size. Well the word’s out, again. You should probably avoid these brands at all costs, despite the sale on the 36 pack. Click the image for a larger view.
Who brewed that beer you’re drinking? Is it craft…or crafty?
In other words, is it a product of a small and independent brewer, or is it from a crafty large, multinational brewer, seeking to capitalize on the mounting success of today’s small and independent craft brewers?
Attention Canadians: Please be on the look out for the following ‘flavor enhancing’ bottles from Modelo Molson Imports.
Though this is only packaging aimed at the summer season and will probably disappear as soon as the temperature drops(just how long is the summer season in Canada), it would probably benefit Modelo Molson to use opaque bottles for their portfolio of beers. Though I guess their brands aren’t really created to be savored or enjoyed for more than minute. Or at least not longer than the time it takes to successfully complete a kegstand.
Designed by Shikatani Lacroix these special edition bottles(which I actually really like) were supposedly created to “help consumers find their happy place, wherever and whatever that may be.” Featuring relaxing imagery such as mountains, lakes, and beaches the designs are targeted at reminding you that Corona is “an approachable, confident, smart, timeless, easy going and fun loving premium quality brand.”
I used to approach Corona at the grocery store, but that was before my tastebuds had matured and acquired some integrity. Back when they were just starting out and shiny golden liquid in a clear container looked appealing. Ha! Silly tastebuds. You damn idiots.
It’s been touted as a “watered-down lemon Fanta” and “sweet dish soap” by taste testers, but the truth of the matter is, what do kids say about Ab InBev’s latest product: Hoegaarden 0,0 (or H-Zero)? Afterall, a sparkling beverage with a hint of lemon flavor(and of course 0.0% alcohol) would only be developed for children, right? The colorful packaging looks like any other soda on the store shelves, and of course we all know the 11-18 year old demographic loves shiny, fancy products; so the question is: “Why is Hoegaarden 0.0 being called ‘beer’?”