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This week’s drink entry was inspired by the documentary Beer Wars, which Becky reviewed a few weeks ago. In the film, the host asks folks at a bar who swear they have a favorite Lite beer, to taste the light beer and identify it. Choices – Coors Light, Miller Lite and Bud Lite. People sucked at it. They claimed all three beers tasted identical and they had a really hard time finding their favorite.
In the interests of seeing if its true, Becky and I conducted our own test. One person would be blindfolded while the other poured out three beers A,B, C .
Once the blindfold is off, taster has to decide a) if they can tell which beer is which and b) put a star by the one they liked the best.
What we learned – in case there was any doubt – those three beers do taste remarkably alike. We each got two out three wrong. We couldn’t really tell the difference between the Miller Lite and Bud Light – we both ID’ed the Coors correctly – I said it sucked the worst, and Becky said it was the best of the three. So I’d call that a wash. But we generally agreed that drinking them was a complete waste of calories because they all pretty much sucked.
However, there are times when life calls for a light beer, times when you want a beer flavored drink without the nasty side effects of taste or high alcohol content. Say, if you were playing beer pong– in which case taste will only slow down the chug factor and too much alcohol would probably kill you…Or if you are playing poker, and you like the IDEA of having a beer, but too much drunkenness will cause you to lose money.
In these instances we highly recommend buying whichever one is cheaper, because the difference in taste is so minute its atomical.
One out of Five for the Lite beers
Becky & I headed to RFD (Regional Food & Drink) in Chinatown to find a beer to go with our viewing of Bigger, Stronger, Faster I love RFD because there are a thousand beers on tap, and even though it’s always busy, you don’t feel penned in – you can almost always find space to actually hang out with your friends. It’s a great place to go after seeing a movie. And beer enjoyment is encouraged.
We try to review a movie & drink combo once a week. Last week our movie was “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” Our accompanying beer we decided must also embody the qualities of “Bigger, Faster….” and obviously that meant ordering the most alcoholic beer on the menu.
At a whopping 10% ABV, The Clipper City Brand’s Belgian Tripel Ale (not a misspelling), is a whole lotta beer. It has a reddish, even colour, and a spicy flavor that’s followed by an almost sweet finish. It was a very satisfying beer. And we only needed one.
Unfortunately, it appears that this beer was a small batch release, and is likely to be gone soon. However, local Baltimore Brewery Clipper City seems like it has a lot more delciousness in store for us. (It also appears they are changing their name to High Seas) Looking forward to trying more tasty well-crafted beers in the New Year!
Other Reviews of Clipper City/newly renamed High Seas beers:
REVIEWER: Becky Beamer
There’s a feeling to winter. It’s a time when you want to be warmed by a fire while looking outside to a winter wonderland. I fell victim to these wintery feelings recently - at the shopping market.
I looked around the Harris Teeter beer selection and noticed that everyone was picking up Sierra Nevada’s WInter Ale : Celebration Ale. Check out the label. It’s a perfect sell for the seasonal winter ale.
I had high hopes that were quickly dashed. Don’t fall for the label. The beer is just average – nothing special.
2 out 5 Cheers
DRINK: The “blush” or “red” wine offered at your local Chuck E. Cheese
Let me set the scene. It is my birthday but, not just any birthday, I am turning 30. And as I enter the dirty thirties I am nostalgic about birthdays of past. I immediately thought about the fun of Chuck E. Cheese. Yes!!!! Tokens !!! I always loved a good game of skeetball and who doesn’t remember the fun of counting tickets, pizza, and hitting defenseless groundhogs. The deal was sealed when I found out that this great establishment also served alcohol (beer + wine).
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DRINK: Tropicana No Pulp Orange Juice
REVIEWER: Katy Jones
I really cannot write enough about how much I love the existence of orange juice. OJ goes well with cereal, as part of a complete breakfast. And with French Toast, pancakes, chicken and waffles, grits, and egg and cheese sandwiches. It tells your body to wake up and get going. And it’s really not a productive morning without a glass of orange juice.
My go-to – Tropicana No Pulp Orange Juice. Easily found at 7-11s, drugstores, grocery stores, whatever is nearby. I choose Tropicana because its pretty awesome juice for a drugstore available brand. It doesn’t have that chalky reconstituted taste of some other readily available orange juice. And while I must admit, there is better tasting juice out there, I’m usually too frugal to be bothered spending money on more expensive juices when I have such a reliable go-to.
On a personal note – Tropicana also helps with hangovers. Sweet citric acid seems to calm that pounding behind the eyes that only results from an overindulgence the night before.
I like the no-pulp kind. But you can experiment and find your own variety.
4 out of 5 cheers.