Beer choices are a good thing. Here we have a picture of a 24-hour convenience store collection of beer. It ranged in price from about 30 cents up to a dollar or two. Notice there’s some Budweiser, Heineken, Tuborg, and other popular beers. It was a good, basic fundamental beer selection. Unfortunately, it wasn’t cold.
It’s called Side Pocket High Gravity Ale. It’s brewed by City Brewing Company, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States. Beer Advocate rates it a "D" class beer and has the word "Avoid" by it. That kinda irritates me because I actually like the stuff. It is along the genre of all those 40 oz malt liquors that sell for a little over a dollar. This one, however, comes in a 24 oz can. They say it has a bigger brother, a 40 oz monster that weighs in at an alcohol-by-volume of 10.5%. Given the fact that I like to drink alone, you can understand why I like really cheap beers that have an of ABV of 8.5%. Face it, some people are destined to appreciate some of the things in life that aren’t so enviable.
It’s made right down the road in Manhattan, Kansas by the Tallgrass Brewery. It’s supposed to be a cream stout, but you’d never know it. It missed the mark a little. But, it wasn’t half-bad. I’d buy another one, especially at a buck-fifty. Sometimes it’s good to step out of one’s comfort zone.
This was some pretty good 8% stout that cost me the staggering sum of $1. I liked it.
It’s the local brand. Actually, it may well be the national brand. It’s not as strong as you might think. For some reason, I could drink a bunch of the 50 cent draughts offered by the Happy Hour people and hardly get a buzz.
I wouldn’t have taken this picture if the name of the beer hadn’t been Hello Beer. It cost me 75 cents and wasn’t really very good.
So what’s the very first thing that I normally do when I get home? I open the refrigerator and pull out a beer. This time I pulled out a Grimbergen Blonde Ale, mainly because I was saving the good stuff for later. Or so I thought. But the Grimbergen turned out to be a tasty surprise. The again, maybe it was the days and days and days out on the road without even a hint of a watery pilsner. Anyway, I liked the Grimbergen, even though I’m hardly partial to blonde ales. Anyway, BeerAdvocate rates it a 3,75/5.0 and RateBeer rates it a 3.25/5, neither anything to brag about. It is considered a Belgian Pale Ale with 6.70% ABV. Apparantly, I thought it was a little better than most people do.
It’s a very nice ale. About $3-$4 around OKC. Beer Advocate rates it a A- w/ 185 reviews. It has 9.00% ABV. Ratebeer gives it a 3.54/5.0 or 89th percentile w/ 429 reviews. I’d give it an A or A-. It was a pretty good ale, the type I like.
I couldn’t find any descriptions or rating at RateBeer or Beer Advocate. That probably means it’s new. Did I like it? Yes. Would I put it in my Top 10 or 25 or 50 or 100? No. But, then again, beer is a matter of taste and taste is a matter of personal preference.
It’s another very nice ale. About $3-$4 around OKC. Beer Advocate rates it a B w/86 reviews. It has 6.50% ABV. Ratebeer gives it a 3.43/5.0 or 83rd percentile w/227 reviews. I’d give it an A or A-. It was a pretty good ale, the type I like.