10 Apr 30 Beers in 30 Days Challenge (#30Beers30Days)
I love beer – there’s no question about it! But if I’m going to open the Atlanta Beer Boutique, I’m going to have to step my game up. That’s why I’ve embarked upon this 30 Beers in 30 Days Challenge. It’s totally subjective and at this point, I’m just a brew-loving chick who’s blogging about it, but I’m determined to learn as much as I can for the next 30 days, (at least) one brew at a time. One day, I’ll be an expert, for real – fun, right?!
To kick off my 30 Beers In 30 Days Challenge, I visited to SoBa – a Vietnamese restaurant in East Atlanta Village. With my beer books in tow, I selected two brews for me and my friend and fellow beer lover Michelle: the “33” Export Lager for Michelle and Laguintas Red Imperial for myself. Both bottled beers, these were two very different brews.
The “33″ Export (4.5% ABV, Vietnam) was crisp, clean, and clear; very light and easily paired with anything. It’s not full of flavor, but had a malty flavor common in Asian beers. It went well with our spring rolls and shrimp bun but in my opinion, lacked a bit of character and “stuff”…it fell a bit limp for me. However, it is a decent drink for folks who don’t like really beery beers. My grade: B-
The Laguintas Red Imperial (7.8%, Sonoma County, CA) was more my speed – a hoppy, full bodied beer with a nice citrusy aroma. This Cali brew was red in color, well carbonated and produced a shorter head. The taste was citrusy, reminiscent of grapefruit as to be expected with such a hoppy brew. But to my surprise, were notes of burnt caramel which gave the beer a more pleasant finish. The Red Imperial was super yum, but was way too strong to be paired with the light Vietnamese dish. My grade: A