…or my personal quest to find a beer that doesn’t make me grimace when I drink it.
It is known to my family and friends that I am not a beer drinker. I don’t particularly like the smell of most beers, and while they look really refreshing on a hot day – frothy and ice cold – one sip of it makes my toes curl and makes me gag.
At Christmastime I tried an unusual concoction from Sam Adams – those in the know call it Chocolate Bock…whatever that means. It was crazy…it had a faint taste of beer…and it had this peculiar velvety chocolate finish. (Listen to me, like I know what I’m saying…velvety chocolate finish…ha!) According to my Uncle, it’s a “sipper…something you’d take an hour or two to just slowly sip and enjoy.” I was intrigued…and decided to embark upon this journey…
Being a total beer novice I didn’t want to buy an entire 6-pack of something and end up hating it (though I’m sure I know enough people who would gladly take the remaining beer off my hands), I was pleased to remember that our local Kroger/Scott’s grocery store has a mix-and-match deal – you select your own varieties and build your own 6-pack. With great excitement and trepidation, I began perusing the selections. Again, no knowledge of IPA, Belgium, fruit, sorghum, etc…it took me a good 30 minutes to fill my little cardboard 6-pack case. I did not use a very scientific approach to this – some were selected based on previous experience, some on recommendation of friends, and if I’m honest, the label or where it was brewed/bottled. And so begins my beer-tasting adventure.
I will be sampling some different beers and adding my $0.02 to the world wide interwebz – mostly for my amusement, but maybe you, dear readers, may find some entertainment as well.
So, without further ado, here is the starting line-up for the first round:
Stella Artois and Woodchuck Hard Cider Granny Smith
Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat and Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer
Breckenridge Christmas Ale and Oaken Barrel Brewery Razz-Wheat
So, there’s the cast for this silly little challenge I’ve set for myself. Stay tuned for my next installment in which I attempt to consume one of these intriguing brews.