In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.
Guest reviewer name/occupation:
Pat Hibbard: Partner, performer and writer at Let Me Be Frank Productions
Currently listening to:
April Wine's â€œHarder â€¦ Faster"
â€œBlack & Decker Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair"
So many to choose from, but today, I'm feeling Paul McCartney.
Preferred Blue Collar Brews:
College budget beer = Old Milwaukee Light
Blue collar choice = Miller Lite
Preferred White Collar Brews:
Lately I'm kinda digging Founders Rubaeus
Name of beer reviewing:
Badger State Brewing Bunyan Badger
Type of beer: English Style Brown Ale
ABV: 5.8 percent
Big 16 oz. can with a cool red and black plaid motif (think lumberjack with a flannel shirt) hence the Bunyan, as in Paul Bunyan. Has a nice spicy, malty, smell to it. Pours with a perfect foamy head. Very attractive dark brown color. It's nearly as dark as Coca-Cola.
Keep in mind, I'm not a beer conisewer, coinsurer, (Ok you win. I looked it upâ€¦) connoisseur. I am not a connoisseur. I'll just tell you what I think.
I am really liking this beer! Decent amount of carbonation. Very full-flavored. Nice amount of sweetness and spice with a semi-dark malt taste. Not IPA hoppy and not the heavy or thick feeling you get from some dark beers. Both positives in my book.
You'll like this beer if: you're looking for a nice change of pace from your boring old domestic. Although I wouldn't consider this an â€œall-nighter" it's a great way to expand your beer horizon!
You'll dislike this beer if: you're an IPA type of person, or, if really dark beer is your thing. But I say, try it! Where's your sense of adventure?