See, I have a thing for seasonal microbrews and beers with unique flavors. (Except smoked brews, which oddly taste like liquid kielbasa.) I'm also a sucker for good packaging and design.
So when I saw a six pack of the 21st Amendment Brewery's Fireside Chat winter spiced ale in a handsome brown box, I was intrigued...and then horrified to discover that the beer came in cans. I put the box back on the store shelf. No way was I going to buy a six of cans.
But one single can? Just to give it a try? (and to blog) Sure, it was a buck fifty. Why not.
The beer was just...okay. It was a little watery for me (but then I'm used to ales so hoppy it sometimes tastes like you're chewing metallic grass clippings.) and the spice flavors were a little weak - but I really liked the thick rootbeer-esque foam. Kind of made me feel like I was drinking something festive and fun. This would be a good choice for people who are used to lighter tasting beers but would like to start trying flavored microbrews.
And FDR on the can? Kind of cool.
*this company also offers a watermelon wheat beer in the summertime. Highly questionable, but I suppose I'll have to try it.
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