Beer is a Good Thing


Normally I’m a wine snob (see “Sideways“). About a week ago, I got to be a beer snob. You see, my dad’s birthday is coming up and, at 84, he has everything he wants, so comestables and potables are the order of the day. So I went to the local beer store (yes, there’s a local beer store). But the snob appeal of beer seems different. The language is similar (they speak of fruits and so on, though they talk about hops and yeasts a lot), but there’s something about beer that forces a non-pretentious conversation.

Anyway, I wound up with six local brews:

  • Deschutes Brewery Cinder Cone Seasonal Red Ale (Bend, Oregon)
  • Fish Brewing Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale (Olympia, Washington)
  • Dick’s Brewing Dick Danger Ale (Centralia, Washington)
  • Elysian Brewing Zephyrus Pilsner (Seattle, Washington)
  • Skagit River Brewery Steelie Brown Ale (Mount Vernon, Washington)
  • Pike Brewing Kilt Lifter Scotch-style Ale (Seattle, Washington)

What amazed me about these was that I’d only tasted three of them previously (the Fish Tale, Zephyrus, and Kilt Lifter). Generally I seek out local brews.


Comments (12)

  1. Kent Tegels says:

    The Deschutes Red Ale is a wonderful thing. Six excellent choices there.

  2. david k says:

    Beer is so working class.

  3. Beer may be working class, but I must say that I enjoy it. Particularly after a solid afternoon of prepping and painting walls. Somehow, following that with a Cotes du Rhone just doesn’t seem right.

  4. bolts says:

    Cinder Cone is an excellent beer. It’s a shame it’s seasonal now 🙁

  5. SBC says:

    ‘Life is too short to drink bad wine’..

    🙂

    You may get a kick out of this one –

    http://www.pigtailpundits.com/downloads/singles/singles.swf

  6. OK, this is hysterical. I don’t know if it’s accurate, but it’s hysterical.

  7. Dave says:

    Red Hook ESB!

    Red Hook Winterhook!!!

    Yummy! 🙂

  8. I’m not a big Red Hook fan. There’s an underlying bitterness in all their brews that just doesn’t appeal to me.

  9. Dave says:

    <br>Widmer Brother’s Wheat Beer! From Portland, OR.
    <br>
    <br>Yummy for da tummy!
    <br>
    <br>:-)
    <br>

  10. Andre says:

    If yer gonna link up to my pics of Bottleworks, you may as well use the most current ones:

    http://nwmicrobrews.com/gallery/BottleworksNov04/

    Cheers!

    André

    http://www.nwmicrobrews.com

    http://www.ratebeer.com

  11. Dating says:

    Normally I’m a wine snob (see &quot; Sideways &quot;). About a week ago, I got to be a beer snob. You see, my dad’s birthday is coming up and, at 84, he has everything he wants, so comestables and potables are the order of the day. So I went to the local

  12. Weddings says:

    Normally I’m a wine snob (see &quot; Sideways &quot;). About a week ago, I got to be a beer snob. You see, my dad’s birthday is coming up and, at 84, he has everything he wants, so comestables and potables are the order of the day. So I went to the local