Latest Libations: 12th Edition

So, admittedly, it's been quite some time since I've done a Latest Libations. This is largely due to the fact that money has been pretty tight around here so we've been knocking back cheap beer for months. I have had some good drinks here and there, however, so why don't I share the tasty beers I have had?

I took a trip to Portland back in October and I got to indulge in a few nice beers, this being one of them. Lagunitas brewery puts out some good brews, but I had never seen this one before. I love fruity beers but oftentimes that equates to being overly sweet. This one struck the perfect balance. Brewed with Turkish Delight cherry juice, this only had a hint of sweet allowing for the flavor of the ale to still shine through.

This was the second beer I had out in Portland and I was not disappointed. This Bavarian-style double bock was everything you'd expect in a dark lager. Ayinger is one of the better-known double bock brewers, so this should come as no surprise.

This New Belgium brewery offering came in one of their holiday 12-pack samplers. An American Pale Ale, it wasn't bad. I wasn't crazy about it but it was better than some.

I know I've sung their high praises before, but I truly have never had a bad beer from Boulevard Brewery. This Jam Band berry ale was sweeter than I typically like, but it worked perfectly with this beer. I definitely had a mixed jam taste wrapped around a perfect ale. Delicious and I would highly recommend this to anyone!

Lucky Bucket is a local brewery for me and I've reviewed this beer before. While it's definitely not one of their best beers, this lager is decent and I could always knock one back.

Oh, how I lament the greatness that Shiner Brewery used to be. I visited the brewery in Shiner, Texas, back in my mid-20s and you can't beat the original Shiner Bock. It used to be one of my favorite beers. Unfortunately, Budweiser bought out Shiner a few years back and now they make all these weird flavored Shiners. This s'more Shiner was really quite bad and super sweet. It didn't even have much in the way of a natural flavor. My suggestion to you? Don't bother with it.

Well, that's it for this edition of Latest Libations. Have a great rest of your weekend!


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