So, you think you can beer.
Before I go ahead and get into the actual post I want to credit Crow for this even being a thing. She gave me the idea of writing up a post about beer because of some tips I sent her way about gluten free breweries and beer. Onward we go.
I’ve been a drinker of beer since I was legally allowed to drink it. Been to a lot of different types of bars over the past 9 years. My favorite places to go to enjoy a couple hours are the bars (or pubs) that have some type of a beer flight set up. If you aren’t sure what that is, don’t worry because I’m going to explain. I’ve been going to The Market Cross Pub & Brewery for around the last six years. They have what they call a World Tour Passport. Here’s the premise: You put a dollar in to get this passport. Inside you will find that it lists beers from 25 different countries as well as the following sections: hard cider, specialty drink, PA microbrews, Other microbrews, house beer, and then seasonal. The idea is that you need to have a beer from each of the listed countries, one of the hard ciders, one of the speciality, and then a total of 10 separate micro brewed beers. It’s a great way for someone to experiment with what they like or don’t like in a beer. Now, one of the other aspects of this world tour is if you complete the number of beers listed (this year its 96, other years its been up to 101) you get some time of reward. Now, one of the biggest downsides to this is that it forces you to drink some flat out nasty beer. Like, don’t go within a 50 yard radius of that beer because you will die inside bad. What I’ll try and do is go into some details about the various beers I’ve tasted.
We’re going to start with what is arguably the worst tasting beer I’ve ever had the misfortune of drinking. The beer is called Samiklaus. You’d think that with a name like that it would be some type of festive winter ale of some sort. Nope. Not even close. Beers tend to swing one way or another in terms of flavor. They can be hoppy, or they can be malty in their flavor. Standard idea of a hoppy beer would be any type of Indian Pale Ale. Malty beers kind of taste more “syrupy.” Well, Samiklaus took the idea of hops and malt and decided to say screw it and go way over the top in its syrupy flavor. When I took my first sip I didn’t think too much about it. I mean, a beer is a beer. Never had I been more wrong. The deeper I got into that “beer” the harder it was for me to continue to drink it. I actually ended up having to order a chaser of light beer. Yes. A chaser beer for a beer. It really was that horrible. The only way to survive it was by breaking its flavor with nearly flavorless light beer. (It could be that the light beer actually was quite tasty but my taste buds were committing suicide because of the Samiklaus.) If someone ever offers to buy this beer for you, punch them in the face. Then take the closest bottle at hand and smash it over their head. They are not actually human, and are trying to create a pod person version of you.
Now that I’ve gotten the worst beer experience out in the open I’ll end this post with the polar opposite of Samiklaus. I’ll be giving some information on my favorite fruit beeers. One of the things you will notice about these fruit beers is that they are almost all wheat ales. This makes them all very drinkable when its warm out and you want a refreshing beer. They all also tend to go with pretty much any food. From seafood to steak. I don’t know how well it would pair up with sushi as i don’t eat sushi. But it is what it is. Here are my personal favorite fruit beers.
Abita’s Purple Haze is brewed in Louisiana and this beer is wonderfully raspberry. It isn’t alcohol heavy (only 4.2%) and it pairs up with pretty much any type of meal. It does taste wonderful when enjoying a good barbecue in the backyard. I definitely recommend you try it if you haven’t yet. As far as I know it is not gluten free, so anyone with gluten allergies may want to double check that.
Sam Adams Cherry Wheat. Made in Boston, pretty much can be picked up anywhere on the east coast (from what I’ve seen.
Lancaster Brewing Company Strawberry Wheat. Brewed in Pennsylvania, I’m not sure of the range of distribution. This may be a beer that is only distributed to PA. It’s a crisp strawberry flavor that isn’t overpowering of the taste buds.
Sea Dog Blueberry and Raspberry wheat ales. Sea Dog is brewed in Maine but seems to be pretty widespread in the Northeast. I do see that they have two restaurants located in Florida. One would imagine that they would serve their own beer at the restaurants. Both have a refreshingly light taste and don’t leave behind any type of after taste.
Blue Point Blueberry is brewed in Long Island, NY. It follows the other fruit beers I’ve listed above. (It’s really hard to mess up a fruit beer.) I’m not sure how far their distribution is but if you get the opportunity go ahead and try it out.
Going to end this with a beer that isn’t really a fruit beer, but it is a very lovely beer to have on a hot day and you want some refreshment. It’s Crabbie’s Ginger Beer. It’s brewed in Scotland and I only found out about it last year. The beer tastes almost exactly like ginger ale. A bit heavy on the ginger flavor, but you can cut that down by using the juice from a lemon or lime. I also discovered just the other day that they make a Spiced Orange ginger beer. And that was perfect. Didn’t need anything else to balance out the ginger. And in the span of researching the name of their orange beer I’ve discovered they make a raspberry Ginger beer and a Strawberry and Lime Ginger beer. Which I now need to get my hands on to try them out.
That’s it. My favorites of the fruit beers. I started with fruit beers because most people that don’t like the flavor of beer tend to be able to find at least one fruit beer that they do like. There’s another style of fruit beer that I may touch on in a later post. If you try some of the examples (NOT SAMIKLAUS) let me know your impression. I’ll be posting another beer post somewhere down the line where I’ll tackle stouts