Tonight we played board games with friends, and I thought the PBR cap was so appropriate. Pabst Blue Ribbon has always made me think of good friends, good times and good beer. Even after I went through my phases of Miller and Budweiser, PBR still tasted good. I know it’s labeled a “poor man’s beer” but PBR really does taste good. So, the next time you’re thinking about bringing back memories, pick up a sixer of PBR!
The word “Legend” always makes me thing of something beautifully magical – which perfectly describes Legend Brewery’s beers. I’ve been drinking beers on Legend’s deck for over a decade and there isn’t a better place in Richmond, VA to get a stunning view of the city along with a delicious mug of brew. Now, if you’re on the list to get an actual mug at Legend Brewing, it may be a while as that’s a goal of most local beer drinkers!
As far as the beer goes – I prefer their Brown Ale, malty without being too sweet – but I also really enjoy their Oktoberfest and Belgium Triple. My husband personally loves the Golden Ale, which is crisp and hoppy.
…in a good Bigfoot Barleywine! Again… from one of my favorite breweries, Sierra Nevada, comes a beer worth stocking up! These Barleywines are 9.6%, so you can age them a lot like you can red wines. My husband collects these and ages them for years, then has an older one beside a newer one, so you can really taste the difference. This cap is from a 2006 Bigfoot Barleywine and we had it along side a 2010. I don’t have to tell you that the 2006 was much more full-bodied, richer and less hoppy than the 2010, but that 2010 was yummy all on it’s own!
Stock up on some Bigfoot, as it just gets better with age.
Okay, this isn’t the best quality cap. I’d say that someone was way too excited about drinking this beer to be concerned with the preservation of the cap… eh, um… anyway. Sweet Water Brewery makes one beer that is near and dear to my heart… the 420 Extra Pale Ale. When my husband and I first started dating, we’d meet at a local pub to shoot pool. We’d always order a 420, because it was on tap, and it was delicious. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen it, but my brother brought some back from Atlanta recently – and upon the first sip I was whisked back to those days of pool shooting and good beer drinking. Sweet Water 420, you have a permanent place in my heart.
I can’t resist these easily “punned” beers… it’s too much fun!
Heavy Seas makes some pretty good brew! I had a couple different styles from this brewery over the last couple of months, and there was only one I didn’t really care for, the Gold Ale. I expected a bolder taste in the Gold Ale, so it could be just personal preference – but I do say, the Pale and Marzen were certainly worth walking the plank for! As I mentioned yesterday, if a Marzen (which is ready around Spring) ages, it becomes an Oktoberfest; they’re so good though, it’s hard to let them sit that long!
Try a mixed pack from Heavy Seas, there’s something for everyone! Drink up Matey!
Oktoberfest is a sacred holiday in our household and Paulaner Oktoberfest is one of my all time favorite beers! Malty, delicious but light enough that you can drink a litre/liter at a time – it’s certainly a beer type that deserves its whole month of celebration. Marzens are yummy too, and believe it or not – are actually just young Oktoberfest style beers. Waiting until the fall for this delicious style of beer sucks, but having an Oktoberfest that’s as high quality as Paulaner makes it worth the wait! Prost!
Troegs Brewery is truly a find! Run by brothers Chris and John Trogner, they like to be known for brewing beers that they personally enjoy.
They have a few different beers that I personally enjoy, but the one that stands out above them all is the “Troegenator” (which is from where this cap came). The Troegenator Double Bock is 8.2% of malty heaven! Here’s a description of the beer type taken from the Troegs’ website:
“The style, Double Bock, dates back a century or so ago. During periods of fasting without solid foods, the Monastic brewers relied on the double bock; a stronger, richer beer to fulfill their basic nutritional needs. Known to them as “liquid bread,” a double bock has a strong malt aroma and chewy rich body.”
Sounds delicious, eh? So what are you waiting for? Cheers!
Ah… the infamous Sierra Nevada Celebration! This beer normally comes out around the Winter holidays, is a bit hoppier than their standard pale (the pale was their first brew on the market and happens to be my personal favorite). If you’re looking for a crisp, clean IPA with a nice Cascade & Centennial finish, break out this tasty Winter Ale- and by all means, celebrate!
Snow Goose from Wild Goose is a pretty good beer! I actually had one of these this past weekend too… what can I say, it was a good weekend! The Snow Goose Winter Warmer is not your typical overly spiced Winter beer. It’s yummy, malty and clean, with a hint of caramel flavors and hoppy notes. If you like a good English Pale Ale, this beer is for you!
Okay… so I was so excited, I couldn’t really wait for March 1st to start up this project, so I’m posting my first picture early. Here is a picture of some of the beer caps you will find amongst my pictures each day. And since these are beers we’ve actually consumed, you won’t see any Budweiser or Miller caps… sorry!