Daily beer project

Beers #29 & #30: Evolution Amber Ale and Budweiser

Posted in American Craft Beer, Macrobrews, Utah Beer, Wasatch Beers by dailybeerproject on February 16, 2010

First off, I know that Orval was supposed to be beer #29, but frankly I’ve been looking forward to finishing this “project” and getting on with drinking beer for fun. Today while I was skiing, Wasatch Brewery Evolution Amber Ale was available on tap, so I figured I’d call that beer #29, have the Budweiser when I got home, and drink the Orval later.

I’d read a review of Evolution before I tried it, and the reviews weren’t super favorable. It wasn’t a spectacular beer. In fact, it wasn’t even the best amber ale I’ve had in the last few days, but it was still quite good. Good enough that I would order it again. I’ve discovered that I quite like ambers, and while there may be better amber ales available, I’d take this beer on tap over quite a few of the bottled beers I’ve tried. Next time I go to the beer store, I’ll probably grab a few bottles to see what the bottled version is like.

After I got home from skiing, I popped open the double can of Budweiser. I was thirsty and tired, and I figured if ever there was a time beer would taste good, it would be then. So the verdict? I like Budweiser. I’m almost embarrassed to say how much I liked it. It’s not my favorite beer. It’s not even top ten. It’s not even something I would seek out. But I wouldn’t turn one down either. Like the PBR, it’s a quantity over quality beer, and it goes down really easy, probably because there’s not much to it. I definitely liked it better than Heineken. I can see why it’s so popular, too. While there’s nothing compelling about it, there’s not really anything not to like either.

Summary thoughts: the project has been an unequivocal success. I like beer. Not all of them, but I know which beers I like. And which varieties of beer I’ll probably like. Not only could I drink beer in social settings, I would choose beer over alternatives in a number of situations. Going out for Mexican? Negra Modelo. Need something to put in the cooler for after skiing? Chasing Tail. Out for a casual dinner? Dead Horse Amber Ale. Meeting friends on a Friday after work? Bohemian Vienna Lager. Relaxing in front of the TV? Sam Adams Light. Of course these are just some of the many choices, but you get the idea.

So where does this project go from here? Well as I mentioned, I’m looking forward to drinking beer for fun. I’ve got an Orval waiting for me to drink it, so I’ll probably do a writeup of that. I still want to give Chimay a try. I also want to revisit the Sam Adams Boston Ale and Boston Lager since those were the first two beers I tried, and I’d like to see how my attitude towards them has changed, as I’m sure it has. Wine is yummy too, and so I’ll write about those wines I consider worth mentioning. So stay tuned. Those five or six of you that have stuck with it, add me to your reader. It won’t be a daily thing, but I’m not going away either.

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  1. Mike said, on February 16, 2010 at 4:25 am

    This has been a fascinating journey – thanks for sharing! I’ll definitely keep this blog in my reader and look forward to future updates. I went through something similar a few years back. I didn’t like beer, but a few friends kept inviting me to a local pub that’s famous for their “beer around the world” cards. You get a card that has 40 places to hole punch, each corresponding to a different beer. I got through my first card and figured out which beers I do and don’t like, I’m on my 9th card now, and it’s turned into a favorite hang out. If you’re ever in San Luis Obispo, CA, check out Spike’s.

    • Alex/Watcher said, on February 16, 2010 at 5:03 am

      Well done. It’s been great to tag along on a project so well-planned, diligently executed and thoughtfully reported. And I’m glad the results were everything you hoped for.

      • dailybeerproject said, on February 16, 2010 at 5:47 am

        Alex, thanks for the many recommendations along the way. Looking forward to enjoying more post-ski/ride beers in the future. Cheers!

    • dailybeerproject said, on February 16, 2010 at 5:46 am

      Mike, thanks for following along. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve learned a lot. The beer around the world card sounds like a great time. I’d like to continue exploring beers around the world, but I’m also thrilled to have found so many local beers that I enjoy. Drinking locally-produced beers has been the best part for me, and it’s an added bonus that they’re some of my favorites. And if I’m ever in SLO, I’ll definitely go to Spike’s!

  2. Kathrin said, on February 16, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Great job on completing this project and being so open minded and willing to try. Sorry, that my recommendations haven’t been quite your taste… At least one of it… 😉

    • dailybeerproject said, on February 16, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions, even if they weren’t my favorites. That’s been one of the coolest thing about this–learning what a broad range of flavors there are in the beer world and being comfortable with the fact that probably nobody likes all of them, but everybody probably likes at least one of them.

  3. etiberius said, on February 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Very awesome- glad to have another beer nerd in the fold. So did you ever try a homebrew beer?

    • dailybeerproject said, on February 16, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      Haven’t tried a homebrew beer yet. I’ve got a friend who’s got a batch of chocolate oatmeal stout in bottles, but it’s not ready yet. He’s promised me some as soon as it is, so I’ll report back at that point. Really looking forward to that one.

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