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Guest reviewer name/occupation: Joseph Lambert, tattoo artist at Skinny Buddha
Currently listening to: Baby Huey & the Babysitters
Currently reading: “The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep" by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Preferred Blue Collar Brews: I tend to not drink so many of the domestic blue collar brands; but I am a Wisconsinite, so, I am sure I have tried all of them a few times by now! Typically I see my friends these days drinking Hamm's and Pabst Blue Ribbon as kind of generic staples. I prefer Pabst from the two and find Miller High Life and Genuine Draft to be much preferable when given the old Miller or Budweiser choice at the fair or what have you.
Preferred White Collar Brews: Spotted Cow is definitely the most commonly drank beer around both my home and workplace. My wife and I are currently pregnant, so not so much drinking going on at home the last few months, but our work meetings and gatherings are usually peppered with New Glarus bottles all around. I am also a big fan of the Green IPA when I go out, as it is a great beer for me to pace myself with; I find the bitter beers better for sipping.
Name of beer reviewing: Stillwater Artisanal Cellar Door American Farmhouse Ale
Type of beer: Wheat Ale
ABV: 6.6 percent
Pre-tasting: The packaging is spooky with some smokey effect in earthy mossy greens that reveal the not so obvious name of “Cellar Door." It looks like a strong beer, almost pirate themed. We were expecting with the wheat and sage for it to be slightly sweeter and not too hoppy, but not so! Upon opening and pouring it smells almost of chamomile and honey.
Post-tasting: The sweet is there in the semi-floral onset, but so is an unexpected hoppiness that clings to your pallet towards the end. It does taste fairly strong. Tasty though, perhaps too easy to drink for me. I could quickly do myself in with a few of these without so much as a pretzel. Highly recommended!
If you like Hinterland's Saison or maybe a stronger more bitter version of Hoegaarden, you'll like this. It is a darn good tasting beer!
Rating 1 — 10: 9/10