In Praise of Good Beer
When someone gets a little loony and thinks America is great because of Budweiser you’d expect me, a Wisconsin native, to rise to Miller beer’s defense. Uh, no. They have plenty of ad bucks to spend even if their most intelligent ads in years, the Man Laws, didn’t work. They don’t need me. Besides, I don’t like Miller Lite or Miller Genuine Draft. Neither are horrible so if someone hands me one I’ll drink it.
When I was in Arizona for Spring Training this year I voluntarily bought a Budweiser while watching an Angels-Royals game. It was only for research purposes. I wanted a closer look at their aluminum bottle-shaped cans. It tasted like Budweiser in a can, which is to say, not good.
My mass-produced beer of choice is Leinenkugel’s. They call themselves craft brewers and are sold mostly in the Midwest, but they’re owned by Miller and brewed in their giant breweries. But these beers are flavorful and full of body. Their taste doesn’t disappear moments after you swallow. You can’t go wrong with the original Leinies. It’s a good, crisp American lager. With summer it’s Berry Weis time. It has a unique berry taste–while still tasting like beer–that’s wonderful on a hot day. Creamy Dark looks intimidating, but it’s not heavy. The beer’s deep flavor is sophisticated yet drinkable.
My microbrews of choice come from the New Glarus Brewery. Spotted Cow is king. The yeast and barley make it so unique. The Uff-da Bock contains chocolate and coffee flavors that are wonderfully earthy. The flavors get more pronounced as the beer warms in the glass. The last sip is better than the first.
Those are two delicious sets of beers from my neck of the woods. Regional beers are everywhere. It’s the golden age of flavor. Try something new and local. So you can push that bottle of Bud to the side and drink something you’ll really enjoy.