Thursday, April 28, 2011
What I just tried today
This is another seasonal offering from the folks at Spoetzl Brewery, and I really like that this beer maker takes risks and tries new flavors. I happen to like quite a few of them, and I admire their experimenting spirit.
But I'm disappointed when they fail.
Just like my reaction to Shiner Smokehaus, I took one sip of Shiner Ruby Redbird and I said, "Blech!" See, my eye was caught by the pretty label and the snazzy, summery name (damn, I'm such a sucker for marketing sometimes!), and I was so happy the Spoetzl Brewery had a new beer for me to try that I didn't take just one small extra moment to read the label a little closer. If I had, I would have seen this, and I would have been warned:
Yep. You read that right. "Ruby Redbird" isn't just a cute little name for a summer beer, it actually describes the taste, as in GRAPEFRUIT!!! Flavored with ginger, to boot!
Spoetzl, Spoetzl, Spoetzl ...... why, oh why did you think this would be a great idea? Didn't you learn your lesson with smoke-flavored beer? Stick to Bock, and Black Lager, and Hefeweizen, and even Holiday Cheer for the Christmas season, and then please, please stay away from any odd-tasting citrus fruits as flavor bases for your new beers.