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Sometimes all you want is a Bud Light

Old Aug 28, 18, 7:30 am
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Sometimes all you want is a Bud Light

I like craft beers to a point. At home I have a reasonably good understanding of the differences among the local brews. On the road it’s another story.

On a recent baseball trip to nearby Buffalo I was met by a wide selection of craft brews for sale at the ball park that I knew nothing about. Instead of easily finding a predictable, admittedly boring, cup of suds I was confronted with peculiar offerings like Sponge Candy Stout, Loganberry Wit or Conehead IPA, a beer named after an usher who wears a conehead.

At a baseball game the objective is to get your beer and return to your seat as quickly as possible. No one in the line behind you will be happy if you take the time to ask what the beers actually taste like even though some craft maker’s concept of perfection might be over-hopped, under-carbonated, fruity-tasting swill. Don’t even think of asking, “What do you have that is like Michelob?”

I go to baseball to watch the game not have a “beer experience.” All I want is a cold beer on a hot day to wash down my hotdog. Eventually I spotted the familiar blue and red tap handles. The line was short, the service was fast and I got back before play resumed. The King of Beers never tasted better.
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Old Aug 28, 18, 8:07 am
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Budweiser is the King of Beers. Bub Light is its court jester.
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Old Aug 28, 18, 11:00 am
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Nope. Not even. The styles are identified and that's enough for me. Conehead or otherwise, an IPA will be bitter. Likewise the amber will be a little on the malty side. I enjoy trying beers and failures are part of the experience. I think I would be a little irked at paying $12 for a a 10 ounce anything, but I'll pay more for craft.

Second point of contention. Nothing actually happens during a baseball game. I used to go to baseball games for the beer. I probably still would except there isn't a game within 50 miles of here.
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Old Aug 28, 18, 12:43 pm
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Originally Posted by BamaVol View Post
Nope. Not even. The styles are identified and that's enough for me. Conehead or otherwise, an IPA will be bitter. Likewise the amber will be a little on the malty side. I enjoy trying beers and failures are part of the experience. I think I would be a little irked at paying $12 for a a 10 ounce anything, but I'll pay more for craft.

Second point of contention. Nothing actually happens during a baseball game. I used to go to baseball games for the beer. I probably still would except there isn't a game within 50 miles of here.
This. I enjoy trying new beers, so I love when I get to just pick one based on style or name.
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Old Aug 28, 18, 8:09 pm
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Originally Posted by Old Hickory View Post
Budweiser is the King of Beers. Bub Light is its court jester.
Beers? I always thought it's a sort of a soda. But then, I live within 100 miles radius from a city called Pilsen and another called Budweis (which name that US soft drink maker just took), so might have a different view on what a beer is
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You could always pre-drink at the Union Pub across the street. Two PBR tall boys for $5.
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Originally Posted by Badenoch View Post
I was confronted with peculiar offerings like Sponge Candy Stout, Loganberry Wit or Conehead IPA, a beer named after an usher who wears a conehead.
When confronted with a selection that looks like an overly sweet stout, and overly fruity wheat, and an overly hoppy IPA I'd despair, too. But rather than go for Crud Light I'd just order a soda.
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Old Aug 29, 18, 6:45 am
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Originally Posted by jbjelloid View Post
You could always pre-drink at the Union Pub across the street. Two PBR tall boys for $5.
I know it well. It's where we go after the game. I had a very nice craft pale ale there. No tall boys. I drink draft only at a pub or game even if it's only Bud. Maybe I need more time in Buffalo to get acquainted with their craft beer.
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Originally Posted by PeS View Post

Beers? I always thought it's a sort of a soda. But then, I live within 100 miles radius from a city called Pilsen and another called Budweis (which name that US soft drink maker just took), so might have a different view on what a beer is
Mmm... The beer there is so much better than the swill from the US manufacturer.
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My early 20s (late 90's) were spent in bars enjoying pitchers of Bud Light with friends after a hot summer evening of soccer or softball. Good times with good friends. We lived in the STL, so it was kind of mandatory.

Around that time, the first microbrewery in the city opened (Schafly's). A few months later, a friend told me to try this new beer on tap from Colorado called Fat Tire. Still to this day, nothing hits the spot better after a sweaty sports activity than an ice cold Bud Light.

tl;dr - I like beer.

Another note: if you ever go to the Ballpark Village in St. Louis, stop by the Budweiser Brew House and ask for a Coors Light. They love it.
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Rhinelander is contract brewing for a chain grocery with a local outlet where I like to shop. The beer is labeled "Can-Do" and comes in lager and something else. I bought a six-pack of the lager because it was $5 and I wouldn't feel bad giving away 5 cans if I didn't like it.

I had a couple friends over last night to drink whiskey and I pulled out a can to cleanse my palate. I figured it would be pretty light and it was. One of the guys recognized the brewers name and make the gagging face. But Rhinelander has changed hands and is now a craft brewer of sorts (with a female owner, no less). My first taste was weird. Somehow I got over that and finished the can. But I don't think it was a fair trial after 6 shots of whiskey. So I will at least drink a second can later this week.
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Originally Posted by BamaVol View Post
Rhinelander is contract brewing for a chain grocery with a local outlet where I like to shop. The beer is labeled "Can-Do" and comes in lager and something else. I bought a six-pack of the lager because it was $5 and I wouldn't feel bad giving away 5 cans if I didn't like it.

I had a couple friends over last night to drink whiskey and I pulled out a can to cleanse my palate. I figured it would be pretty light and it was. One of the guys recognized the brewers name and make the gagging face. But Rhinelander has changed hands and is now a craft brewer of sorts (with a female owner, no less). My first taste was weird. Somehow I got over that and finished the can. But I don't think it was a fair trial after 6 shots of whiskey. So I will at least drink a second can later this week.

What happened to the Whole 30?
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What happened to the Whole 30?
Probably finished the latest Whole 30?
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What happened to the Whole 30?
I realized I was suffering and that was not the intention of the Whole30. So it ended after Whole10. I have not suffered since. I will pick another 30 day period later in the year. I am deeply embroiled in budget season and Mrs. BamaVol has been travelling 3 out of 4 weeks this month so I need comfort right now in the form of alcohol and a few non-compliant foods.
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