Today I received the Michelob Specialty Sampler Collection from Anheuser-Busch, plus a set of six Michelob beer glasses. This Sampler Collection is a special 20-pack of four "premium all-malt beers" that essentially constitutes a seasonal variety pack from Michelob. The four beers are their Pale Ale, (Bavarian-style) Wheat, Marzen, and Porter.
The glasses are very cool, too; Pilsner-style glassware with unusual stems at the base (you can see what I mean in the picture below). This is definitely the largest PR package that I’ve thus far received, and I’ll post the usual disclaimer: it’s free, and there are no strings attached, and I will write about it freely and be honest and transparent in my reviews.
(In writing this I can’t help but think about the beer blogging ethics debate that flared up among a number of blogs recently; for the overall summary/aggregation of it all, Jay’s post is unparalleled. Good issues are raised all around there, but in general I’m shooting from the hip in this blogging ethics thing, pretty much defining it for myself as I go. (Of course, I also feel I have more freedom to do that in many ways.) You’ll all have to let me know how I’m doing.)
Anyway, I’ll be writing up reviews on these Michelob seasonals over the next few days; I think the last time in recent memory I’ve had a Michelob (etymologically, I love that word) was a Michelob Ultra a couple of years ago when nothing else was available. (Didn’t care for it.) Beyond that? Couldn’t say. So this is good.
Check out the pictures:
This gives a pretty good idea of the size of this package; 20 bottles in the box, plus there was a second box with the 6 glasses (2 of which are here).
A slightly fuzzy picture of the glasses. Silver rimmed tops, etched logos, and the curved stem base (detail below).