Home Brew

Michelle and her boyfriend Matt are certifiable geniuses. Rather than pay for this past weekend’s Beer Festival close to downtown, they decided to just host their own. Everyone brings a 6 pack, everyone tries a small sample of a different brew, no port-o-potties, no lines, no money lost (for the most part).

It was a marathon of a day because we were one of about 10 people who showed up on time. I started off my day with some heavyyyy pours. Luckily, people showed up, the party moved outside, the pours got smaller and I stopped trying all the beers once I realized there were like 15 more and I was already close to going past the point of no return.

Without further ado, I will show you what I tried, tell you my thoughts on the beer (I don’t have many), and then wrap it up for this Monday. I have a sinus infection and a 15-page paper to turn in this evening. I am all about getting my work out of the way so mama can go home, snuggle with her cat, and put her feet up. I will likely watch Criminal Minds on ION because we don’t have cable and that is the only show on from 8 until midnight that’s remotely interesting and consistent night-in and night-out. Also, hello Spencer Reid.

Nom. Okay, on with the beers!

This was amazing. For a straight-up, no frills beer, Iron City  is like champagne. Tell High Life to hit the road, there’s a new bubbly in town.

It’s French, it’s expensive, it must be Chimay. It must also be very, very delicious. It’s also made my monks and all proceeds go to do-gooder monks things. Buy it.

Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat. TANGERINE. It’s like a dollop of sunshine in your mouth hole. The website says “Awards: None… YET!”

I’ll give it an award. Most Likely to Please the Ladies. We were all like “Oh mahhh gawwwwh…”

The Oberon is so summery we had to move outside to drink it. Nice and light, crisp, and good for Florida heat. It was a welcome reprieve.

Cigar City Jai Alai was made me go “Meh.” Related note: I don’t like IPAs, so don’t trust me if you do. I think they taste like shoelaces.

Related, related note: Drink the Cigar City Maduro. It’s mind numbingly good.

The Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat was Shock Top + Pumpkin, surprise. Not a kick in the mouth of pumpkin flavor, but still a good solid beer and great for the price point.

This was a traditional Red + Tan. You have to ask your bartender for it, but it’s generally pretty awesome, satisfying, and goes well with most things. Not too cheap, not too pricey. It’s pretty much perfect.

The Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale paired with Julie’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies. I brought this beer which I am currently obsessed with and everyone should go out and buy right now. It’s super pumpkin-y with lots of fall spices. Delish!

The Lagunitas Dogtown Pale Ale which kind of tasted funny in my mouth? TWSS? I don’t know. I feel bad saying I kind of hated it because their site says they basically sacrifice their first-borns to make it juuuusssttt right, but it juuuusssst wasn’t.

I obviously loved this beer because I drank it before I snapped a picture of it. This was Michelle’s contribution, a Native Lager, straight from Ft. Lauderdale! They make big claims for their beer having no aftertaste and they deliver. This was crisp, light, and just a nice beer to start the day off with. Great for porch drinking, poolside drinking, or drinking drinking.


It was a great time. Thanks Michelle + Matt.

Author: Jennifer Bingaman Mazur

I like writing about what I think about what I think. I also like writing about what other people think and what I think about that. Yes? Yes.

2 thoughts on “Home Brew”

  1. Your pumpkin ale and Jennifer’s tangerine beer were my two favorites! I’m so glad you two had fun, as we sure did! You and Jesse were the longest-lasting champs of the night, and I can’t believe I survived! We’ll have to do a mini version of this one night among a few couples with variety 6-packs!

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