If you've kept up with my previous reviews, you will be familiar with my less-than-friendly relationships with IPAs. In my June review rankings, an IPA finished dead last, and another finished second overall. In many cases, I find that IPAs are overly bitter, meaning that by the third or fourth mouthful they are no longer enjoyable to drink.
Another month is in the books and 2017 is flying by. I reviewed a total of 15 brews in the month of June! These rankings highlight my thoughts of each beer from worst to first and are purely my opinion. You may not agree, and that's completely fine!
With its reputation preceding it, Arrogant Bastard Ale has cemented itself in the social media presence of the craft beer community. Not a single day goes by in which I am able to avoid that sassy looking demon. For that reason, when I saw Arrogant Bastard on the menu at San Antonio's Flying Saucer, I had to include it in my flight.
On tasting the brew, I was happy to find similarity to Abita's Strawberry Lager and Shiner's Peach Wheat in that, only the pleasant attributes of the fruit were present. There is a strong kick of passionfruit's trademark tangy sourness without being overwhelmingly sour or sweet to the point of detracting from the beer.
I was walking through my local Total Wine and More collecting beer to drink and review and the cartoony dog on a blue can caught my eye. I was intrigued and had to pick it up. Immediately, the image of the can blew up on my Instagram account. Seemingly this can was stealing everyone's attention (kudos to whoever designed this) and so I had to see if the brew could live up to the hype.
Shiner's Family Reunion is a combination six-pack including a variety of beers brewed by the Spoetzl Brewery. Having now tried all six beers from this six-pack, it's time to break down each brew in a worst to first.
Founded in 2007, Southern Star is a rapidly growing brewing company based in Conroe, TX. Despite its short operational history, Southern Star has steadily grown its name and distribution. The brewery now distributes its wares in Texas, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and South Carolina.
The Abita Brewing Company, located about 30 miles outside of New Orleans, was opened in 1986. In its first year, the brewery produced 1,500 barrels of beer. The company grew quickly. A typical year now involves the production of more than 151,000 barrels of beer and almost 10,000 barrels of root beer!