American Beers: Beyond Budweiser

Well before this weekend I had never tried “proper” American

Brooklyn Lager (New York)

Brooklyn Lager (New York)

beer, other than the likes of Bud and Coors. Not that I dislike these lagers as such, but they lack any of the interesting flavours of an ale for example. When I was picking my drinks out on Friday evening before leaving the shop, purely by coincidence I went “All-American” and picked a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (which was fruity and delicious!), and a couple of interesting looking beers, one from San Francisco, and the other from Brooklyn.

Anchor Steam Beer (San Francisco)

Anchor Steam Beer (S.F.)

Both beers genuinely surprised me with how complex and rich they were with the flavours and structure. Similar in colour, a lovely golden orange, these were deep and delicious. The Anchor Steam was more honeyed and fragrant, whilst the Brooklyn Lager was malty, hoppy, and slightly lighter. All in all, a very enjoyable weekend’s drinking thanks to the Yanks across the pond. Cheers!

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One Response to “American Beers: Beyond Budweiser”

  1. Brett Jones Says:

    Michael Jackson, the late, lamented Beer hunter used to be very scathing about the awful, commercial beer brewed in the USA (the first 2 you mentioned) but praised the small breweries (the latter 2 you mentioned).
    Glad you discovered them and enjoyed them.

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