Going into this review, I had never heard of Cactus Cat Kolsch or its brewers, Nine Band Brewing. Upon further research, I discovered Allen based (near Dallas, TX), Nine Band brews 9 beers of differing styles.
On a recent trip to my local Total Wine and More store, looking for beers to review, I came across a beer I had never heard of before in the "Americas" section. Kalik is a lager brewed in the Bahamas. Interestingly, I had never tried a beer from the Caribbean and so I figured I would give it a shot.
Going into this review, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was initially fairly excited to learn it was a wheat ale, though I was unsure if a lemon flavor would compliment such a brew. Typically speaking I had come to expect wheat beers to be smooth and creamy in texture, and although orange tends to compliment some of them, lemon just didn't seem to fit the bill.
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.
While many avid beer drinkers will likely be disappointed and underwhelmed, Shiner Light Blonde is a pleasant step up on many of its direct competitors. With its light flavors, thin texture and high carbonation, it is very refreshing while not overly interesting.
Brooklyn Pilsner is a light and refreshing brew. Its clear, light yellow body pulls a slight head when poured into a glass. Flavor wise, a light sweetness is followed up by a well balanced, slight bitterness.
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.