Monthly Archives: January 2008

American Macro Week: Keystone Light

Keystone Light was a mainstay beer of my youthful drinking days… it was available at Costco for $7.99 a case, what are you gonna do? Aside from the cheap availability of it, the most outstanding feature of this beer was—according to its commercials—lack of bitterness. You wouldn’t suffer from "bitter beer face." Even now, its tagline is "Always smooth, even when you’re not." It is smooth (see my notes), I’ll give it that. Brewed by … Continue reading →

American Macro Week: Hamm’s

I have a soft spot for Hamm’s ("the beer refreshing"), not so much for it’s drinkability factor (I never really drank this) but because, like Rainier, of the commercials they used to run. And the jingle. The jingle was huge. In fact, Wikipedia’s page on Hamm’s Brewery includes the full lyrics to the jingle… I’ll wait. Anyway, these days Hamm’s is just the marketing brand; the beer is brewed by Miller. I’m reviewing it from … Continue reading →

American Macro Week: Busch Beer

Busch is the "value" brand beer from Anheuser-Busch. Apparently it’s "the country’s largest-selling subpremium-priced beer in all major demographics"… that’s a long-winded way to say "cheap." This is one of those beers for which I have the least familiarity. Here’s an interesting tidbit, though: introduced in 1955, "Busch also holds a noted place in Anheuser-Busch history as the first new brand after the repeal of Prohibition." Served up in the 24-ounce can… right now I … Continue reading →

American Macro Week: Rainier

Rainier is an American classic, there’s no two ways about it—one of the Pacific Northwest icons. Whether you remember the great commercials of the ’70s, or the giant "R" on top of the brewery itself, it’s hard not to look fondly upon this beer. These days, Rainier is a product of Pabst (which in itself is a beer marketing company… its beers are contracted elsewhere). I wasn’t able to find this in 24-ounce cans, but … Continue reading →

What’s wrong with this picture?

Breaking out of American Macro Week for a moment because this strikes me as very interesting: the RateBeer Best 2008 is out. I’m a sucker for "Top X" lists as I’ve mentioned before, so this is a no-brainer. In regards to my admittedly slightly-incendiary title, look at their "The Top 100 Beers In The World: 2008" and tell me what’s "wrong" with the picture. (Okay, trick question, there’s nothing actually "wrong" with it because it’s … Continue reading →