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: Chad Nehring, Certified Financial Planner / Co-Owner of The Green Room
Currently listening to: U2's Retrospective Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio
Currently reading: “The Road to Woodstock" by Michael Lang
Favorite film: “The Breakfast Club"
Comedian the influenced you the most? Don Rickles
Preferred Blue Collar Brews: Spotted Cow. A great day-to-day beer that in my opinion can cover all colors of collars. New Glarus, go ahead and sell this nationwide so I don't have to bootleg it Smokey & The Bandit style to my relatives out of state. There might be a can or two of Bud Light in my garage fridge for true beermergencies.
Preferred White Collar Brews: Fox River Brewing Blu Bobber, Hinterland Saison, Longs Peak Raspberry Wheat
Name of beer reviewing: Capital Brewery Lake House
Type of beer: Lager
Pre-tasting: Vistages on the label of a classic wooden boat and our State Capitol. Brings up memories of day drinking on the boat or at the beach. Slight hint of lemon across the nose, gives me an expectation of a lighter summery beer.
Post-tasting: Underwhelming and somewhat forgettable. A thirst quencher to be true, but little more. As a fan of Capital's Amber, I expected more flavor, even on a pale lager. Flat, if not lingering, aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp & light. Not a dissatisfying beer, but in a crowded field, unfortunately for this fine brewery, not a standout selection.
You'll like this beer if: Your past beer purchases have surrounded the words “Miller," “Bud" or “Light" and you'd like to tiptoe into craft beer, or you're thirsty as hell and saving your cans of one of the above for simmering brats in.
You'll dislike this beer if: You have the word “more" in your beercabulary … as in more hops, more finish, more taste.