Looking to entertain my parents and knowing that my Pappy considers Miller Lite a beer adventure, I found myself a bit limited when it came to liquid refreshment. As I was going there anyway I went to the beer aisle at my local BJ’s to see what sort of beer collection they might have. You see, I have found that if you don’t mind the limited variety, BJ’s has a passing collection of inexpensive beer. On this particular day, I could have purchased cases of Guinness, Yuengling, Bud or Heineken. Of course, Pappy would shun the Guinness and openly mock me for purchasing Yuengling and neither Bud nor Heineken would do. I looked for the split case sample packs that I had found there before.
It was at BJs that I found the Leinenkugels variety pack of Sunset Wheat, Honey Weiss, Berry Weiss and Red Lager, the Michelob pack of Honey Wheat, Shock Top Belgian White, Dunkel Weisse, and Hop Hound Amber Wheat and the Sam Adams pack with 4 bottles of six different beers. And, on this day, BJ’s did not disappoint as I could choose from the aforementioned Sam Adams sampler, a taste of Mexico (Dos Equis, Dos Equis Amber, Cerveza Sol and Tecate) or a taste of Belgium (Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden). Knowing my Pappy’s delicate palate, I opted for the Belgium box for while it was only an 18pk, I knew the Stella would certainly be welcome. True to form, my Pappy did not disappoint as he turned a suspicious eye to my beer offer and asked why I just couldn’t have a Miller Lite in the house. He reluctantly accepted a Stella and after a first apprehensive sip and to his pleasant surprise (and my utter amazement), Pappy not only enjoyed his first Stella but asked for another. At long last, I can move beyond Miller or Bud.
I found the three beers to be good representative of the differing styles of beer. I think I liked the Hoegaarden the least, not that it wasn’t good I just liked the Stella and Leffe better. I found the Leffe to be particularly surprising in that I had had it out and didn’t really like it. I’m not sure if it was the freshness of the bottle or maybe the temperature but my first taste was not only not impressive but not favorable. This is why unless the first taste was just undrinkable, I like to give beers a second or even a third try. To recap, I would rate the pack as follows:
Stella Artois – A
Leffe – A-
Hoegaarden – B-
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