Here in America, we're living through some fairly rocky political times. It seems that the vast majority of the country struggles to agree on anything. Party politics aside, and in no way looking to cause controversy, it's about time we got some objectively good news from D.C. Well, beer drinkers rejoice. Recent news states that Senate Republicans are pushing a bill that would, theoretically, make your (domestic) beer cheaper.
One of the great things about visiting new cities is trying new, regional beer. On a business trip to Atlanta, I jumped at the chance to try a handful of beers I can't find in my native Texas. On one evening, looking for food and drink within walking distance of my downtown Atlanta hotel, I stumbled on the listing for Max Lager's Wood Fired-Grill and Brewery. As it was generally well reviewed, and seemed reasonably priced for a downtown establishment, I figured I'd give it a try.
Well guys, Labor day has come and gone. We're officially moving out of the summer and transitioning into the fall. Fall is a great time to live in the U.S. of A. It's a time of football and Octoberfest brews. It means basketball season, Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost here. Unfortunately, it also means that just about every commodity on earth will be released as "pumpkin", "pumpkin spice" or something of a similar variety. As someone who wasn't born in America, this obsession with pumpkins, cinnamon and a plethora of other weird spices that makes my nose hurt is completely bewildering.
Following my trial of JosephsBrau Hefeweizen, I was excited to try their Summer Brew. Having seen it ranked as the third best beer exclusively carried by Trader Joes, in this Business Insider article, I knew this would be good. The hefeweizen obliterated my expectations going in. While its not the most amazing beer I have ever tried, it is a damn good one - and, at $1.17 a bottle, I was not going to complain.