Sunday, December 5, 2010

Beer Snobitis Remission: The Spotted Approachable, Slightly-Accessible Cow

A few weeks back I was out with one of my good friends @ my local watering hole.  We met a suburban "Chicago"land native who after I ordered a Rogue Dead Guy said with the best chicago accent of all time " I can't staaaand Doze fancy beers, I mean duz that make me sound ignorANT? I just don't like dem, I know I should, but I just don't get it, ya knows. I know it makes me look stupid to drink dis here miller light, but I enjoy it."  My first thought was, Hi Mr. Unnecessary Beer Defense Guy!  With pause and some calculated thought to be on my best behavior I said Hi and... "if you enjoy it, that is ok with me, I personally do not enjoy it, no argument from me!" Then I thought how it bugs me when people misuse the word ignorant, but not really the time nor place to go down that road.

I admit part of me feels sorry for him, The corporate beer giants have been marketing to him since he was 10 years old.  When you walk into a grocery store in the Chicagoland area, Bud and Miller products take up most of the shelves and end caps. Not to mention how most sports franchises are sponsored by the Corp Beer Giants. The dude loves sports. He had on a Chicago Bears T-shirt, a Chicago Cubs hat and Chicago Blackhawks jacket.   His accessibility to Craft Brew is not necessarily encouraged.  Feel like arguing with me, that's fine.......watch Beer Wars first and then let us talk.

Chicago Beer defense guy was only responding to the recent epidemic of Beer Snobitis. I admit I have had my fair share of arguments on why the beer I love is better than your beer.  My intentions really were all about showing people they have options and should demand better taste and social responsibility in their beer.  What I realized is that, by engaging in such arguments I am only creating the "my mind is so open it's closed" effect. Which ultimately annoys the crap out of people and closes all possibilities of them listening to anything you have to say.

I have decided after this interaction, I would shift my disease to a condition.  Goodbye Beer Snobitis, Hello Beer Geekhood.  I am not above drinking the beer that my mother stocks in her fridge, which is always without fail Corona.  In fact, it is usually the best damn beer I ever had after 15 minutes of walking in her door.

Thanks for the speech Hops Lobster, now get to the beer!  I have to admit I feel somewhat apprehensive about sharing this beer with you.  The whole point of being a beer geek is that I want to make beer accessible and approachable to everyone. I want all people to feel like they can try any beer and will not face ridicule for their choice.   I want people to test their limits and seek out new tastes and flavors.  New Glarus Brewery's Spotted Cow is the most approachable beer I know and sadly the least accessible.

And yet I choose my choice.  I truly believe that Spotted Cow is the most approachable beer for anyone that prefers beer over other drinks.  I have not met one person I have introduced this beer to that had a bad thing to say about it.  Porter lovers like it, bud lovers like it, wheat lovers like it, hop nutz like it, beer snobs like it, Coors sippers can't get enough of it.......trust me, it never disappoints. It is a Wisconsin ale with a cautious 4.8% ABV. It has a grainy, sweet taste......but not too sweet. It's almost honey like, although honey is not present. It pours golden and is soft on the nose and there is little after taste. You will notice a little sediment called brewer's yeast, no worries just some vitamin b's and potassium you can brag about at the gym.

It's a craft brew that cares about it's town and it's state.  New Glarus Brewery does not distribute outside it's Wisconsin border. Yep, not the best example of an accessible beer, unless of course you live in Wisconsin, then put down that Milwaukee's best just for a moment and try a Spotted Cow. It's moolicious.  Seriously although it is difficult to get to, it is easy to enjoy. If you find your self in Wisconsin and you are not normally a Craft Brew Loving type of person......just humor me and head to the local pub and ask for The Spotted Cow and some cheese curds.  It won't disappoint!


Cheers!