Latest Libations: 1st Edition

Good morning, and Happy Saturday! Ahh, I love the weekend, and mine's off to a great start. I had a pleasant Friday evening watching a television show (I know, right? Me? Watching television shows? Eh, I wanted a music break.), hanging out with my little family, and drinking some beers.

Beer is one of those things, people either love it or hate it. When I was a teenager and we found someone's older sister to buy us some booze, somehow I ended up with an Old Milwaukee one night. I decided right then and there that beer was gross and I hated it.

Fast forward about eight years later when I was in my early twenties, and began hitting the bars almost nightly with my friends. When you have a limited income, drinking whatever beer is on tap is usually your cheapest option. So, after awhile, I grew to enjoy the taste of beer. As the years went by, beer became one of my favorite drinks. Now, I enjoy beer on a whole different level, and I like to try new kinds and visit breweries whenever I get a chance.

A local grocery store chain has a "Mix a Six" deal where you mix and match a six-pack from a variety of beer singles. My husband and I love doing this as we can experiment and try new flavors. Here, then, are a few of the beers I've tried out recently.

Lucky Bucket's Certified Evil Imperial Oatmeal Stout

This is a proper dark beer. It's deep, rich, and creamy, leaving you with a pleasant aftertaste and a sense of great satisfaction. I love the gothy vibe of the bottle as well, "Dark and Brooding" indeed.

Ballast Point's Grapefruit Sculpin

This is an IPA, something my husband is fond of but I don't particularly care for. This particular IPA though is infused with natural grapefruit flavor, which my husband is fond of, and so he convinced me to give this one a try. I have to say, it's about the only IPA I'd purposely drink. It's not overpowering with the hops flavor that is standard with IPAs, and it's got a subtle grapefruit flavor that gives it a lighter finish and kind of balances out the hops.

Woodchuck's Gumption Hard Cider

I was never much of a hard cider fan, especially after consuming a few too many Reds, but that all changed after my trip to Ireland. Over there, they have Bulmer's Hard Cider, and it's fantastic. I've had good luck finding quality hard ciders, and this is one of those. I was skeptical at first because I'm not a huge fan of Woodchuck Cider, but this is different. Woodchuck's Gumption Hard Cider is absolutely delicious. It's darker than a standard cider, giving it some body, and the apple flavor is reminiscent of fresh squeezed cider. 

Stiegl's Grapefruit Radler

Radlers are also coming into vogue, and since this one is a grapefruit one, my husband brought it home one day. Radlers are beer mixed with soda, and this one, of course, is grapefruit soda. I love it. I think Radlers are fantastic, but be careful, they go down quick and easy.

Warsteiner's Dunkel

What can I say that hasn't already been said about Warsteiner. Warsteiner is one of the most recognizable beer brands in the world, and this is their Dunkel. I prefer dunkels whenever I hit up an Oktoberfest, and Warsteiner has a corner on the market. Still.

Ciderboy's Pineapple Cider

This was another hard cider I decided to try on a whim. It's very sweet and reminds me more of a pineapple soda rather than an alcoholic beverage. I won't get these again, but I'd drink one if someone handed it to me.

There you have it, some of the beers I've enjoyed recently. What kinds of drinks to you enjoy? Are you a beer connoisseur like myself? What kinds have you been drinking lately? Leave me a comment!


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