Last year, when Doug approached me with the idea of starting this blog, I was a bit back and forth about it. I struggled because every time I’ve started a blog, I’ve just kind of let it die (as I suspect many people do). I didn’t want that to happen here. But if there’s one thing I know about Doug Bauernschmidt, it’s that he’s determined. Soon enough, we designed the blog, gotten our URL, and off we went!
There were weeks where we missed posts entirely. There were weeks where I was not involved at all in posting, but Doug kept this blog alive by posting himself. And then there are weeks where we put out monster awesome posts. We work together, we play off of each other, and we do everything out of our pure love for beer.
One big blessing for this blog is the contributions of one Guitar Boy Johnny. He has a fantastic way with words and the uncanny ability to not just review beer, but to truly tell a story about that beer. We are SO glad that he’s hung with us, making some excellent contributions.
For this post, we wanted to not just recap our story, but to truly bring you into our homes and fridges. So we thought it would be fitting to tell you, from each of our perspectives, what our ‘fridge beer’ is. That is, the beer that we keep on hand at almost all times, and reach for at the end of a long day when we just want to relax.
Without further adieu, welcome to the fridge beers of The Beer Stand Blog team:
Annie: Lucette Ride Again
I’ve posted on this beer before, so I won’t go into intense tasting detail. I will tell you that this is a wonderful beer. It’s a pale ale with grapefruit, orange, a hint of caramel, and a fabulous piney undercurrent. I love this beer not just because it’s an easy drinker that I can have on a hot day, or a cool evening - but because it’s low in ABV, and therefore low in calories!
I’ve lost 23 pounds in the last several months, and part of it is making better choices with what I put in my body. While I still enjoy the imperial beers, the stouts, the porters, etc, I’ve also made careful choices about what I keep around me consistently so that I can keep on the downward trend with my weight.
Thank you Lucette, for making this wonderful brew! It pretty much always lives in my fridge and it likely will be for as long as you make it!
GuitarBoyJohnny: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Over the years I’ve had many different “everyday” beers. But for the last year or so I have consistently reached for Samuel Adams Boston Lager when visiting my local liquor store. There are many good reasons for this. First it’s a beer that can be enjoyed in any kind of weather. It’s not too dark and heavy for the summer months, and it’s perfect for the winter. It’s also a beer with a very satisfying flavor. It’s very smooth but with just enough hoppiness to satisfy someone who enjoys a beer more sophisticated than mass market offerings.
Another advantage to drinking Boston Lager is that it is regularly available in almost any grocery store. It started out decades ago as a craft brew, but because of its popularity it can no longer be called that. Also it is very affordable, costing about two dollars more per twelve-pack than the mundane selections from the mega-breweries.
Boston Lager has an ABV of 4.9%, slightly higher than most domestic beers, and an IBU (International Bittering Units) of 30, which is slightly less than an India Pale Ale, but about twice of that found in an American Pale Lager. This gives Boston Lager a sour and very crisp taste.
(Sorry Johnny…we couldn’t resist including SOME kind of pic of you ;)
I truly enjoy Boston Lager. It makes me feel like I’m drinking a craft beer but without the craft price.
Doug: Surly Bender
"Beer Stand Blog, you know, like Deer Stand, but with Beer?"
If I had a nickel for every time I had to explain the name of the blog….
I’m not sure what it is about beer that I get so excited about. Maybe it is because it appeals to such a diverse audience. Whether you are a prince or a pauper, redneck or hipster, douche or everyone’s best friend, there is a beer for you. There are very few things in life that can bring people together like beer can….weeeellllll….I can think of one more thing that can, but I’ll leave the Packer’s blog posts to the experts. ;-)
My hope with this blog is to help a few of you expand your horizons a bit and maybe learn a thing or two about this incredible beverage. In the course of writing up these 100 posts, there are two things that I have learned. #1. There is no such thing as a bad beer. You may not like a beer, but just know that someone somewhere does. #2. The best beer in the world is the one in your hand.
I can’t say enough good things about my blogging teammates Annie and Johnny. It has been a whole lot of fun the past 100 posts learning so much about beer and I cannot wait for the next 100 posts. Their passion for beer and writing about it is one of the reasons that I enjoy it so much. Even if this blog was just for ourselves we would keep going, just because we enjoy the heck out of it.
As for my favorite, my go to if you will, that is Surly Bender out of Surly Brewing Company here in Brooklyn Center, MN. Bender is one of the first craft beers I ever remember having. It’s the beer that made me want to learn more. To me, this beer is the perfect combination of sweet and roast from the malt, a touch of citrus hop, smooth mouth feel and complete drink-ability. I love this beer.
Cheers to another 100 posts.
Until next time