The Thirsty Beagle had a good time at Zoo Brew on Friday night. There was a vast selection of beer on hand; too many for one man to taste without massive sickness and/or certain death ensuing. That being said, I thought there were a few highlights/lowlights worth mentioning based on what I did sample:
-Big winners for me were COOP’s Octoberfest and Zeppelin German Wheat, Erdinger Octoberfest and Moose Drool Brown Ale. Also, kudos go out to Chase and JD of COOP for being the only beer guys to tough it out outside with the band all night. While it started to get chilly outside, you couldn’t hear the band inside where all the other beer was. So credit to COOP for keeping beer and music together on Friday night.
-Big loser for me was Sam Adams Coastal Wheat. The girl at the table said Coastal Wheat will be replacing Sam Adams Hefeweizen on liquor store shelves. She said it was made with lemons from California. That’s nice, but the beer tasted flat and lifeless. Rather than a hint of refreshing lemon, like you get with Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, I got a hint of cardboard sprayed with Pledge. Definitely underwhelmed.
-Other losers included the people who splashed the tiniest amount of beer into my miniature souvenir collector’s plastic beer mug thingy. I know it’s a beer tasting, but more than one little taste would have been nice. And I know it’s a miniature souvenir collector’s plastic beer mug thingy, but that doesn’t mean who should just sprinkle a little beer in there. Fill that thing up!
Another interesting development from Zoo Brew came from my conversation with JD from COOP, who tipped myself and Mrs. Beagle off to the presence of the COOP iPhone app. If you’re a COOP fan, you know you can’t find their beers in bottles. That means you have to find a restaurant that serves it. Enter the iPhone app. I’ll get more into the specifics in a later post.
Anyway, to wrap up Zoo Brew, it was a good crowd enjoying some good beer. Full marks to the Zoo for putting the event together. If you’re reading this, Zoo people, let’s find a way next year to bring the music and beer together. Whether that’s moving the beer outside or moving the music in, we need to get it done!