I really like Blood & Honey, but I just don't buy it very often any more, and I'm not sure why. I remember trying Fire Ant Funeral a couple of years ago, I wasn't a fan. Of course tastes do change, so I might enjoy it now.
I did recently tried Four Bullets' Billion Dollar Blonde. It is labeled as an English Ale with a Texas Twist. It wasn't terrible, but I probably won't buy it again. It had an aftertaste I'm not really looking for in a blonde. Kind of like what you want find in a witbier.
I also have one can of Boulevard Brewing's Tequila Barrel Lime Gose. I like sour beers, but I have to be in the mood for it.
Jeff of Earth-J said:
BLOOD & HONEY: I tried this local brew several years ago but misremembered it. I thought it was a “red” beer, but the “blood” actually refers to blood oranges. It goes against one of my rules (no beer made with fruit), but a friend recommended it and assured me it wasn’t a red beer. I went through a lengthy phase during which it was my fallback beer of choice.
ROYAL BLOOD: When I got tired of Blood & Honey, I thought I’d try another beer made with blood oranges. Tracy found one that sounded interesting (not Royal Blood), but it was only 3.4% ABV. Its recommended pairing were actually steak & eggs and other breakfast foods. Instead, I tried this Belgian witbier with Mark Twain on the label at 5.5%.
FIRE ANT FUNERAL: I broke another one of my rules with this one (no novelty beers), but I hate fire ants! I’ve tried the “napalm” killer and the one that causes them to wander around disoriented before their heads drop off before settling on Over & Out. This one is an amber ale, described as “balanced, without the bite.” It has a picture of an ant on the label with the slogan, “R.I.P. You Devil Bastards.” A beer after my own heart. 6% ABV.
OR XATA: I bought this blonde ale brewed by “The Bruery” with rice and lactose, cinnamon and vanilla on a whim. (It’s supposed to be the beer version of horchata.) I probably won’t buy it again. 7.2% ABV.
I had taken a real liking to Sierra Nevada's Brut Extra Dry IPA, then I found out it was their spring seasonal beer. Drat! It was a nice, lighter IPA with no sweetness whatsoever.
And as much as I hate the sweetness in my beer, I find myself kind of craving a Blue Moon now that it's summer.
"I remember trying Fire Ant Funeral a couple of years ago, I wasn't a fan. Of course tastes do change, so I might enjoy it now."
I wasn't necessarily recommending it; I probably won't buy it again. If you're ever looking for a new sour beer to try, keep reading...
WIT THE FUNK: Last weekend (when I bought the “Or Xata” from the Bruery) I almost bought their “Wit the Funk.” Tracy stayed in the car, but the last song we listened to before I went inside was “Give Up the Funk” by Parliament. I left it behind because I thought it was too far to go for a stupid joke, but then I thought about it all week. It’s described on the label as “tart” but I would classify it as sour. I like a sour beer every once in a while, but I, too, have to be in the mood (which I wasn’t). The only thing I managed to do was get the song “Give Up the Funk” stuck in my head.
MISCHIEF: The third and final selection from The Bruery, a “hoppy Belgian ale,” 8.5% ABV. It was okay but nothing special. It did provide me with a welcome nap yesterday afternoon, however.
SAM ’76: Samuel Adams Boston Lager has been a fallback of mine for years… decades. The TV ads for this new Sam Adams lager intrigued me. It’s not quite what I expected, but I really liked it. I expected something like Coors Pre-Prohibition Style (sadly no longer available) or Buydweiser American Ale (ditto), but Sam ’76 was much more like a craft brew alone the lines of New Belgium Shift (which is still available as far as I know, but I can’t find it locally and have to special order it). If you’re looking for a crisp refreshing brew for summer, I recommend this. 4.7% ABV.
SIERRA NEVADA SUMMERFEST: I bought this at the liquor store I used to go to before a TW&M opened five minutes from my house. It wasn’t until I got home that I noticed it was the 2018 batch, bottle March 22, 2018. Bastards sold me old beer! Can’t review it because it was way stale. I won’t be going back there any time soon.