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So you’re not really a beer person….
February 13, 2014
I’ve had a few folks tell me lately that while they like the blog well enough, they’re just not really beer people. While it’s hard for me to fathom any other beverage being quite as wonderful as beer, I get that other folks have that same feeling about wine, whiskey (which is a close second to beer in my book), and for some poor fools even vodka. While I am certainly a proponent of “to each their own” it does beg the question of what beer people may have tried that has turned their preferences elsewhere. All too often I’ve met folks who’s only experience with beer is Bud Light (or as I like to call it, dirty water) or have had a bad experience with extremely potent or poor quality IPA.
I can certainly empathize with the negative reactions one might have to these experiences, but it’s no reason to shy away from everything in the beer family. I’m going to attempt to recommend some beer types for folks who are generally not beer drinkers in the hopes that it might entice you to try something new (unless you are a vodka on the rocks type of person, paint thinner is the only other thing I can think those folks might enjoy).
If you like your drinks fizzy and fruity, I would recommend a lambic. This is as far from beer as you can get while still being within the beer family, with a taste and consistency that I would equivocate to a Jones Soda. There are a myriad of flavors of lambic from pear to black currant, so if you want your drink to satisfy your sweet tooth you should be able to find something you’ll enjoy (Sorry I don’t have more to say on this one, fruity and fizzy aren’t really what bakes my cookie).
Barleywine and wee heavy are both good options for those of you in the wine enthusiast category. These are generally more flat than most beers and many of them have a distinctly “grapey” taste to them. Keep in mind that both barleywine and wee heavy tend to be higher in alcohol, so don’t plan on having a full pint of either of these (unless you’ve had a really bad day, in which case make sure you have a DD and a good topic to rant about when you inevitably get surly...I’m a big fan of the “you don’t know me, bro!”) As mentioned in the Brewery of the Week post for Dry Dock, their Three Heavy Wee Heavy is one I would strongly recommend (If you didn’t read it you should do that after you read this one, it’ll make you happy on the inside).
On now to the whiskey folks. You would think that this would be a tough crowd to please with a beer, but the trend of barrel aging at breweries has proven that wrong (so there whiskey snob sitting by your fireplace drinking scotch and wearing an ascot….totally the person who would be reading this right now) Almost every type of beer that is made has had some form of barrel aged variant in every type of whiskey barrel you can think of. My personal favorites for these offerings would be the Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide (which is available in several sub varieties as well) and La Follie from New Belgium.
I hope at least one of you will go try something new as a result of these suggestions if for nothing else just to say that you tried something you hadn’t before. At the very least, this should serve as a lesson in how widely ranged and versatile beer is, an asset to say the least as it means there will always be something new and interesting to try.
What I was drinking during this post: Cold Snap by Boston Beer Company