The week in drinking vol. 3

- April 22nd, 2012

All right. Spring is here, and I’m thinking of beer.

It’s a couple of weeks until BeerFest, and I seem to just want to have brew. So that’s what I’ve been drinking a lot of.

Here are a few recent buys:

Rickard’s Blonde: I know, Rickard’s takes a lot of heat from some people, and I am not a fan of all their offerings. But they are popular. Rickard’s White is a big hit with some of my co-workers, and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the Blonde last fall at the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. Now available in 6-packs, it is a crisp German-style Pilsner. While it doesn’t pack as much punch as the Wild Rose take on a Czech Pilsner I tried the other day, it is a decent offering in the segment, and what the Rickard’s lineup needed.

Wild Rose Foothillz Pilz: This Czech-style Pilsner packed a bit more flavourful punch than the Rickard’s Blonde. Lighter in colour as well, the hops lend spice and citrus notes with a slightly bitter finish. But overall, it is a smooth-drinking lager. Now, if only it came in 6-packs, as opposed to the individual 650-ml bottle, because it’s something we’d like to drink more of.

Tree Brewing Cutthroat Pale Ale: A decent pale ale. Caramel malt sweetness with citrus notes. Nice balance with just enough of hoppy bitterness to balance out the citrus.

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