Day 30 (#30Beers30Days)

Perfect finale

It’s pretty lame to say this, but it’s true: time flies when you’re having fun! The past 30 days have been SO much fun. I’ve learned so much about beer and about my personal tastes.  Beer is a humble drink, but it’s not simple. The last 30 days have shown me the complexities of beer.  I have an even greater appreciation.

To end this #30Beers30Days challenge, I’m having an Arrogant Bastard Ale (7.2%, Cali) at – you guessed it – the Midway Pub.  Arrogant Bastard is an American Strong Ale.  It’s a pretty, reddish/amber hue when poured with a good, ‘keeping’ head…doesn’t dissipate to quickly but doesn’t really linger either.  The aroma is very piney and citrusy with a teeny twinge of floral, and that’s because it’s an obviously hoppy beer.  Its light t0 medium body carries a candied grapefruit flavor.

If you hate hops, you would loathe this beer. In fact, this beer will make you really rethink whether or not you like hoppy beers. Arrogant Bastard Ale un-apologetically punches you in the back of the throat with hops.  I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, except those who want a challenge.  And if you make it past the initial shock, you may be able to discover that it actually is a nice tasting beer.  I think I’d give it a B…it could grow on me, eventually.

Day 28 (#30Beers30Days)

21st Amendment: Upholding the right to brew creatively!

Who knew beer blogging could be so much fun?! We did! It’s day 28 of the #30Beers30Days challenge! I racked up on some super cool brews yesterday – early bday gifts from friends, so the next few and final days of the #30Beers30Days challenge will be easy, but hard to decide which to drink first! Today, I cracked open 21st Amendment’s “Hell or High Watermelon” American Wheat Beer (4.9%ABV, San Francisco).

Hell or High Watermelon is 21st Amendment’s seasonal release. It’s easily the coolest 6-pack I’ve ever seen. Oh, and it’s in a can. Did I mention that? That automatically makes this beer a cool one. Hell or High Watermelon is an American wheat beer, which makes it a hybrid. It’s also fermented with watermelon and has added juice, which makes it a fruit beer.  Wait…right?!  I’m confused.

Apparently, fruit wheat beers were developed to appeal to lady beer drinkers. This one is very delicate, light, crisp, and dry.  The head was very low, bubbly, and minimal.  It was very easy to drink but probably not enough of a punch for my taste.  However, I think it could be ‘done up’ w/a shot of vodka and/or melon liqueur. And I’d definitely buy it for my non-beer drinking gal pals!

I’d give this one a B, just for being cool.