Exotic Beers Dominate Tap Handles But This #BeerLover Just Wants A Smooth & Tasty Brew
I love going to craft breweries.
There’s something about them that makes you feel like your in some kind of special beer lover’s community. The places are quaint, have character and the brewmasters and employees have pride in the beers they make and serve.
Yet whenever I’m in there, I also feel a bit of frustration. That’s because I’m a lager lover and most craft breweries – ones I’ve been to anyway – don’t make lagers. Or a blonde (and let me state here that I love blondes, craft beers included).
Instead, the breweries are focused on heavier beers, as well as what I term “experiermental” beers, combinations of things involving fruits, chocolate and other ingredients that I don’t like in my beer.
One small brewery in Southern California puts peanut butter and chocolate in its beer; it supposedly tastes like a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup. Sure, I appreciate creativity as much as anyone – heck, I’m a writer for cryin’ out loud – but there becomes a point where brewmasters get carried away trying to be too creative.
I’m not talking a Budweiser or Coors Light for me. What I’m after is a good, homemade craft lager or blonde, one with lots of flavor. The one at Peter B’s Brewpub in Monterey, CA, is exactly what I like in a craft beer. It’s simple without having complicated combinations of flavors, and it tastes delicious.
It’s called the Belly Up Blonde and it’s easy to belly up to its bar for a few. Especially when I’m with The Blonde, a gal in Monterey who lives up to her nickname!
Often, with no lager or a blonde at craft breweries, I’m left searching for other beers. I do like Pale Ales and reds, and can sometimes be quite satisfied with what I find at brewpubs. But most of the time I wind up getting stuck with some alternative like a Pilsner. And I don’t particularly care for Pilnser beers; they don’t offer much in the way of taste in my opinion.
Are there any fellow lager lovers out there who feel the same way? Let’s unite and ask craft beer brewers to have a lager on tap for us.