Negra Modelo is a dark lager that I gusta mucho! Having such high regard for Negra, I guess I expected more from it’s little sister, Modelo Especial. The Especial is a very clean, crisp and light lager – but it’s so thin, it’s barely worth drinking in my opinion. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by the sharp Pilsners and dark, rich Brown Ales so much that I really don’t have a taste for the average lager anymore. I can say that it doesn’t have the horrible corn aftertaste of Miller and Budweiser – so that gives it an advantage, and it’s nice that they do offer this lager in a can for versatility.
When craving a beer, I’d prefer the Negra Modelo over the not so “Especial”.
The gold foiled cap on top of the Negro Modelo is so appropriate – almost like a little gold medal for this fabulous lager. It’s so delicious with Mexican food – not to heavy, but still flavorful (unlike a certain “Mexican” beer that starts with a C and ends with “rona”). It’s a nice, slightly darker lager that stands up to bolder foods and is also good on its own on a hot summer’s day! Our local grocery store had the twelve packs on sale for $11 recently and I felt like we’d won the lottery! And, did I mention it’s so much better than that “C” beer? 😉
Once I decided to use this as tonight’s cap, I suddenly started craving salsa (so was born my tomato and garlic picture)! I think it’s Pavlovian, as I normally order Negro on tap at our local Mexican place. Yum… Negro and salsa!
I love that Kona Brewing Company, having their first brewery on “The Big Island”, embraces the whole Hawaiian theme and runs with it. Not only do they have fun “beachy” names for their beers, they have Hawiaiian translations for different words on the inside of their bottle caps… too cool!!
Although I’m not a hard-core Lager fan, I did try their Longboard Lager recently. I was impressed with how it doesn’t have that lingering Lager aftertaste that I normally don’t care for. Their lager is clean and refreshing and even seems to have a little more body than an average lager.
If you feel like taking a trip to an island but don’t have the cash for a vacation, simply pick up a Kona sixer and stick your toes in a sandbox! Cheers… or as your bottle cap may read: Okole maluna!
I must admit, I started my beer journey with Miller Lite – shocker, I know! My next step in “beervolution” was Amstel Light. While I can no longer drink Miller Lite, I still enjoy an Amstel from time to time and it’s actually a pretty tasty beer. Most light beers leave out flavor and give you a watered down version of “beer”, you won’t find that with Amstel – AND it has less calories than your average beer – for you those of you watching your “girlish figure”! So, wear your bikinis and still drink well!