Mrs. beerbuzz's recipe for enjoying a Bad Beer...

28 July 2008

The topic of bad beer is discussed almost as much as good beers these days. Of course all of us know what to do with a good beer, but what about a bad beer. This question may not be too hard to answer if you have a sampler or a pint, but what if you have a case of beer and it simply doesn't turn out to be a beer you love....or maybe even like for that matter.

If you give it away, your beer friends will forever think you have no beer taste, and if you drink it...well life's too short to fill up on a beer you don't enjoy. Mrs beerbuzz decided our Atwater Vanilla Java Porter wasn't working for her, and of course we had a case for a party. Now don't get me wrong, on draft this beer is incredible, but in bottles it's just OK. After spending an evening with Charlie @ Dugan's and enjoying a half Lancaster 4-grain Amish Ale and half Allagash Black black-and-tan, the light bulb went on. So home we went and we made up some half-and-halfs of our own. Half Atwater half Weyerbacher House Ale....yummy, half Atwater half Weyerbacher Autumfest....and there it was...our solution. So if you have a case of beer you don't love...try mixing it. If it's dark mix it with light, if it's light, mix it with dark....and then thank Mrs. beerbuzz for turning an OK case into a very drinkable case. Cheers.

2 comments (click to read or post):

sam k,  28 July, 2008 10:34  

I do this all the time, even with beers I like! You're right, it will help out a less than fulfilling beer, too. Doing this at bars drives some servers (and patrons) nuts, but I ask them what's the difference between this and a black and tan. It's fun to create your own! I do it at my local brewpub, Otto's, and my favorite this time of year is a half pilsner and half hefeweizen.

Also, I find that the proportions have to change to achieve the desired result, not always half and half. Yeah, sometimes it fails, but that's a part of the learning curve.

mybeerbuzz,  28 July, 2008 10:48  

Ironically enough you'll even find some micro's like Weyerbacher will mix & match beers in their tasting rooms. Good idea for sure.

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