This weekend was the first of very few sunny days out here in the Outer Richmond District! Perfect timing because my two besties, Darren and Holly, were in town! Unfortunately, Greg missed out because he is backpacking in the Sequoia Mountains. Something about a man’s trip? (a.k.a. pooping in a hole).
After walking around Fisherman’s Wharf and torturing my car-dependent friends on the bus, we made a stop on our way home at Bevmo on Van Ness! The adult version of Disneyland! We all decided the best way to have fun is to go old school and play drinking games at home. To make it more “sophisticated” we chose to do a beer tasting with only beers we have never tried before.
First we started off with Maharaja Imperial India Pale Ale. At 10.69% alcohol this was definitely not for a beginner beer drinker! This one was not our favorite tasting, at first tasting very bitter and dry. But, as we had more it started to grow on us a bit with its vanilla and fruity tastes peeking through. Darren even said it had a “beautiful bouquet of flavor.”
Second, we moved on to Arrogant Bastard Ale. With 7.2% alcohol we were getting a little closer to my comfort zone of taste. This one had lots of good flavors such as coffee, chocolate, and maple. Holly mentioned it was “like breakfast in a beer!” I will have to try this beer out next weekend with my pancakes and eggs!
Third, Erdinger Weizen. After two pretty dark and warm beers we though it might be good to try something a little lighter. I’m not sure if that was such a good idea! After the massive amount of flavor from the other two beers this one tasted like crap! Holly said “a fudge butt would have more flavor!” I said that it “tastes like nasty yellow pee!” After our insightful criticism we forced ourselves to down the rest so we could move on!
The fourth beer was like a summer day on our tongues, Tangerine Wheat Beer. Perfect on a warm day with a citrus-y, crisp, clean taste. Darren commented on its familiarity to Airborne saying “it’s like Airborne on Acid!” It was the perfect beer to wipe away the nasty-ness we endured with the Erdinger beer.
Finally, we ended with an Anchor Small Beer. With a mere 3.3% alcohol it was a tasty light beer that we all agreed would be perfect as a dinner beer.
Beer tasting was awesome, and I highly suggest it as a great way to hang with friends on a sunny afternoon and have a great time with colorful conversation!