Ask Men – Fancy Beer

Recently, AskMen.com posted an article on what he calls “Fancy Beer” and how its time for everyone to admit that they taste like crap and that we should just go back to only having very limited selection of beers.

 

If I’m going to get a carbon dioxide headache, let me get it drinking something that doesn’t require an advanced degree to appreciate.

You can deny it all you want, but I’ll never believe you wouldn’t rather shoot pool with a couple of Pabst Blue Ribbons than with a cedar-spiced holiday ale.

I don’t know where he is going off on this, I have no advanced degree in anything taste related nor am I a connoisseur by any means, however, PBR is by far the worst thing I think I have ever ingested. My fridge right now is filled with Molson M and Moosehead, I like “regular” beer as much as the next guy, but I can appreciate when something is “fancy” and different, breaks out and tries something different.

I am not saying he is wrong here, there are a lot of beers out there that just aren’t good, and people may be lying to themselves that it has hints of this or that, but there are so many excellent beers that you can’t lump all “fancy beers” into one category.

If people like him ran the world pizza would only come in pepperoni, and if you wanted mushrooms, you’d be crazy and lying to yourself that you might like it. There would only be 3 choices of cars, small, medium and pick-up truck, all American too, can’t have any European or Japanese “infiltrating”. Some people like variety and some don’t.

This article really bothers me as to just being ignorant and close minded. There are so many different and excellent beers out there that you can’t just say, go back to the old way, I am uncomfortable with this many options.

When I finish work and on a hot day, I do prefer a beer like Moosehead or M, maybe even something crazy like a Corona, but when I’m sitting and reading or chatting with like minded friends, it’s really nice to have something different and new. New flavours, new experiences, buddies bringing in something new and saying “Hey, I found this and really enjoy it, hope you do too!”

However, drinking while reading is probably too “fancy”.

Article can be found Here

 

This article was written while drinking a Moosehead or two.

 


St-Ambroise Scotch Ale

St-Ambroise Scotch AleSt-Ambroise Scotch Ale

ABV: 7.5% (Bottle 341ml)

Malts: Pale Malt, Munich Malt, Peated Malt

This is the first of the 2012 St-Ambroise seasonal brews. Living so close to the brewery, I spend a lot of time there on the terrace, and I was able to have a taste this past summer. Now finally it is available for the masses and you can pick up a four pack (or more) at select locations around the city. This is by far one of my top brews of theirs and I think second only to their Pumpkin Ale.

It also seems to be up from 7.2% from last year.

St-Ambroise Scotch Ale is dark ruby red with a tawny head – sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla and butterscotch, and a log hop finish. With it’s 7.5% alcool, this beer evokes the classic “wee heavies” or the full-bodied 90-shilling strong winter ales of Scotland. Enjoy a glass of St‑Ambroise Scotch Ale and celebrate over 400 years of Scottish heritage in Canada.

Appearance:

This pours out very smooth and leaves a small light brown head.
Like the description says, this is a very deep red, ruby, beer.
It is very clear, without much carbonation, and the head disappears quickly.

Aroma:

It has a caramel/butterscotch aroma with some dark fruits mixed in.
It very pleasing, without being very complex, it seems that there is a new aroma each time you go back, cherries, toffee, caramel, dark smokey malts.

Taste:

The beer is extremely smooth and has a silky almost buttery feel to it in your mouth. The carbonation plays well and adds some nice feel to it.
The taste is just like the aromas, sweet with a caramel/butterscotch flavour and it plays just right together. It is quite a nice light taste, with a bit of a hint of smokiness.
There was not much of an alcohol taste to it as well, which added to my enjoyment.
The sweetness and flavour stay with the after taste without turning bitter.

Overall:

This is an exceptional seasonal beer that I wish was available more often. It goes down very smooth, but doesn’t rush you. It tastes great cold and 30 minutes later I was still sipping on it and enjoying every drop. I didn’t want it to end. So I opened another bottle and had another go.

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