At one sorry, ridiculous phase in my life, I didn't like beer (gasp!). Now, it's pretty much my beverage of choice. I like a lot of different beers, and I like to drink them often. (Side note: I have this pet peeve about the word "often." Most linguists agree that the "t" is silent, but cultural anthropologists believe that language itself is an evolving organism, and that as cultures change and adapt to saying things or using words in different ways, that the "old" way of saying or using words becomes irrelevant. This annoys me greatly because I ascribe to the notion that "THE 'T' IN 'OFTEN' IS FUCKING SILENT!" /rant)
So, lately I've been imbibing off-in. (see what I did there?) I wanted to make a list of some really awesome beers and some very, shall we say, different, ones lately. Here are a few notable drinkables:
Blue Moon's "Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale" from their Seasonal Collection is a winner on all fronts. It's not filling and has a great balance on the palate and leaves no stale aftertaste, which is a problem for most ales. It's full bodied, though, with a citrus-y tinge and a real satisfying finish. This is in a tie for No. 1 with...
Samuel Adams "Octoberfest." It's no secret that I love Sam Adams beers. They are superb on many fronts, but the octoberfest was so interesting with spicy notes and a lot of character that I'd drink it again in a heartbeat.
The dark horse, though (and I'm not always a fan of their beers, but I'll drink them in a pinch) was Shiner "Bohemian Black Lager." I was amazed at the smooth finish and malty taste, and it has totally made me a convert. If you think Guinness is a good, dark brew, you need to try Shiner Black. With my standard pour in a pint glass, there really wasn't as much head as I would expect from a dark, malty beer, but it's still delicious.
I've sampled others, more boutique-styled Belgian brews, but that's another post entirely.
And here is the miss:
Shiner "Holiday Cheer" is so... odd. I see what they were going for, but they overdid it. It's supposed to be smooth and even, but the moment you take a sip the peach is overpowering. It was like drinking Shiner Bock mixed with peach Boones Farm. It was beer, but it's not something I'd recommend for your average swiller.
My standby: Samuel Adams Light is a beer that fits all occaisions. It's not filling but hits the spot when you're looking for a balanced, mildly hoppy brew. I love it. Hell, I'm in love with it!