So, this weekend we are talking about beer because of the beer festival that I am attending. Now, I have been to this particular festival before, and I have even found some new beers that I liked, but I lost the book that I wrote their names down in a long time ago, which is okay because I was not writing legibly in them anyway. That being said, I could have, if I remembered, found a new favorite beer. But then I started thinking about which beer it would be replacing, and I wasn't sure that I knew what beer was my favorite, because I don't think that I have a favorite. So let's take a look at the beers I like to drink...
- Miller High Life. Yeah, I am a Miller guy. I know a lot of people who like Bud Light and Busch Light, and that is all well and good, but I don't buy it. I am definitely living the High Life most of the time. I especially like it when I am feeling like a hard working guy, because it is a simple honest sort of beer in my opinion. It is a testament to the strength of advertising that those words are stolen almost verbatim from their radio and television ads. But I digress. This is the beer that you will most likely find in my fridge, and will find in my hand at the bar about 50% of the time.
- Blue Moon. For when I am feeling fancy. For me though, it needs to be on draft and it needs to have an orange in it. I don't care if you are going to call me a nancy boy because I am putting fruit in my beer, there is something delicious about eating that beer-soaked orange slice at the end. Don't think of it so much as fruitifying beer, but think of it as beerafying fruit. I think I just made up two new words.
- Linenkugel's. Just about any kind except for Creamy Dark. I don't do dark beers. I like Berry Weiss when I am eating, Honey Weiss when I am just drinking beer, and Red when I, you know, want a red. Oh, and their Sunset Wheat is like Blue Moon but with more character, and their Summer Shandy is by far the most refreshing beer I have ever had. And I don't think beer is refreshing usually. I have also toured their brewery, which is something I would encourage anyone who drinks beer to do. Not necessarily their brewery, but just a brewery near your home. Like, if you live six miles from Latrobe, PA, by all means take a tour of the Rolling Rock facility. Also, Linie's (that's what you call it if you are super cool and in the know) sends me mail every quarter or so, and everyone loves mail that isn't bills, so that is extra points for them.
- Spotted Cow. This is a local beer made by a local brewer in Wisconsin, and they won't distribute it outside of the state, so every time I am in Wisconsin I get some of this. The key to this beer is that they leave the yeast right in the thing, so that you can see it floating in there. Plus they make it out of corn somehow, which is neat-o, especially if you know someone in the corn growing industry, or maybe if you are a farmer yourself. Another really fun thing about this beer is that it tastes totally different straight out of the bottle, poured from a bottle to a glass, or from the tap. So it is more like three beers in one.
- BEER. I once went to a party where someone had gotten some super low end cheap-ass beer that was in gold cans that just said "BEER" on them. It was not good beer.
Please feel free to leave your beer stories or preferences or comments in the comment section or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, don't forget to vote in our poll! We finish up our beer weekend tomorrow.