This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.
It doesn’t especially bother me that I’m a man of basic, predictable tastes. In fact, I find it pays off for me more often than not. For example, when dear friends of mine see an array of offerings from Point Brewery in my collegiate community of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, I come quickly to their mind. And if they happen to be visiting me in my modest mountain town, without a drop of any Point offerings to be found among the overabundance of beer, then I’m likely to get a tasty, sudsy present. While the best part of my friend Maria‘s recent visit was of course seeing her, I got a nice memento with a batch of Point six packs that have been and will continue to be well-loved. And I’m especially grateful for her inclusion of Beyond the Pale IPA, one of the specialty beers from Point Brewery that I hadn’t yet seen, much less had a chance to try. It has the crispness and the touch of hoppy bitterness that I associate with an IPA, joined with an extra maltiness. I admit to usually giving Point extra credit out of helpless nostalgia, but I really think it’s a nice beer. I’m glad I’m predictable enough to have it brought to me as a holiday gift.
—21st Amendment Bitter American
—Abita Restoration Pale Ale
—Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
—Samuel Adams Boston Lager
—New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
—ABA Hoppy Saison
—Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
—Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
—French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch
—Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”
—Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
—The Native Brewing Company The Eleven Brown Ale
—Smuttynose Winter Ale