random beerage…

so, what have i been drinking lately? random stuff, really.

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i’ve really been enjoying Green Valley Brewing Company’s Wild Hop Lager. Green Valley is an Anheuser-Busch subsidiary, but don’t hold that against them. it’s not the greatest beer in the world, but it’s easy to drink (like most macrobrews) while not totally devoid of flavour (unlike most macrobrews). perhaps not the thing for a beer snob, but just fine for me.

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also polished off my last bottle of Shiner 97. a Bohemian Black Lager, it was brewed for last year to celebrate the Spoetzl Brewery’s 97th year as an active brewery (there will be a Shiner 98 this year and so on, until they reach their centennial). lots of bitter chocolate and coffee aromas and flavours (no surprise there, really). it was a fairly good though unexceptional brew.

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now for a local beer. Palmetto Lager is just about perfect for hot summer drinking in Charleston, which is no surprise considering the brewery is here. light, crisp mouthfeel with enough flavour to interest without overpowering, it’s definitely a good choice to quench one’s thirst.

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finally, a teaser for my Boston report. this was the third beer i tasted during the Sam Adams Brewery tour, and it was the most interesting. the first two beers, Boston Lager and Summer Ale, are very familiar. but this was not. an experimental beer brewed in a traditional Finnish style, it eschews hops in favour of juniper, being flavoured with juniper branches rather than hop flowers. very interesting if unconventional, i’d like to see this beer reach production.

so, happy drinking everybody, and i’ll see you next time.

quote of the day:

“The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.” – Humphrey Bogart

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One Response to “random beerage…”

  1. j Says:

    The 97 sounds really yummy!

    I prefer Palmetto Porter, as you might imagine.

    You know, there are other breweries around Boston besides the Sam Adams brewery. Harpoon. Mercury in Ipswich–which does Ipswich Dark, one of my faves. If you ever return to the Boston area, try to get some. You might like it.

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