Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring is coming

Be sure to watch out for spring seasonals to be released by various breweries.

Witbiers are especially popular around this time, as are bocks, lagers, and even pale ales.

As the weather starts warming up a bit, be sure to look for new labels and beer selections

Be sure to stay away from Rising Moon (Coors' Blue Moon Spring Seasonal), and Hop Hound (A-B fake spring beer),

Is anyone else out there tired of fake craft beer from the big breweries?

Here's a list of beers that fit such category and should be abstained from.

Wild Blue (A-B fake Blueberry Ale)
Shock Top (A-B fake Belgian White Ale)
Hop Hound (A-B fake Mystery Beer)
Sun Dog (A-B fake Summer Lager)
Anything with "Moon" on the label (Variety of Coors fake Belgian Inspired Beers)


Anonymous said...

Dude - why are you dogging certain beers just because they're from big breweries? That's like France dogging CA wines just because we aren't European and didn't have centuries of experience in wine making! You're furthering the same ignorant thinking that held back our CA wine industry for decades. Do you think a vintner from Gallo couldn't make the most exquisite wine in the world if he wanted to? Very silly, my man. You should know better...

tibbi said...

What my emphasis is on is craft/microbrew. I approach beers that are made using artisanal methods. I don't appreciate big business cloning by way of adjunts and other shortcuts as a means to take profitability away from the neighborhood brewer.

It's a political statement just as it is an appreciation for some handmade as opposed to mass produced.

I am not going to argue, but the casual drinker doesn't notice the difference- and that is mostly due to vulernability to marketing.

Thanks for your opinion, but this is MY opinion and I have more than enough experience to supplement my rationale.

So, thanks for calling me ignorant!!!!


tibbi said...

*and by the way-

my support for american craft and microbrew is not holding back the industry- i am actually helping proliferate it.

what's holding the industry back is international conglomerate InBev's acquisition of one such big brewery in America.

K said...

Yow, I can't imagine how a vintner from Gallo could make the finest wine in the world. I mean, I'm no eanologist, but if you spend years concentrating on making wines as inexpensively as possible, I can't imagine how you could turn around and do the high-end stuff. To be fair, I presume that this applies in the other direction, too -- it'd be hard to go from using the best possible ingredients and taking whatever time you need to cranking it out as fast and as cheaply as possible.

I've been avoiding the fake brews from the big guys for awhile now, but I do have to wonder if I'm missing out. I saw Michelob or somebody at the fair selling their fancy stuff, and kinda wondered what it would've been like. I have to admit that some of the award-winning small brews at the fair didn't totally turn my crank.

tibbi said...

thank you K- i've been waiting from something sensible to come out of this.

the anonymous analogy doesn't actually fit all too well anyhow, it's just some rabble rouser trying to gain some experience point in an attempt to trump the beer guy...

tibbi said...

some local breweries are hit and miss...

i'll agree with you on that, but the passion and the fact they still exist help keep hope alive that not all is lost in American industry

I once drank a michelob pale ale...

it wasn't good, and it wasn't bad.

if you want to taste the beer, try to find the micorbrew equivalent and taste test them side by side...

i guarantee it'll seem lesser, just like the last kid to hit puberty in the middle school locker'll be hesitant...