Musical Cheers: Happy Place

Michael P. Hermans

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: Michael P. Hermans Jr., electrical engineer

Currently listening to:Joe Rogan Podcast

Favorite film:“The Shawshank Redemption"

Favorite past time:Drinking

Best concert you've ever attended:Eminem in Detroit at Comerica Park

Preferred Blue Collar Brews: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Budweiser, Busch “Latte," Hamm's

Preferred White Collar Brews: Spotted Cow, Paulaner, Riverwest Stein, Fuel Cafe


Name of beer reviewing: Happy Place by Third Space Brewing

Type of beer (lager, ale, IPA, stout, etc): American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.3 percent

Pre-tasting: I found myself on 3rd Street in Milwaukee after the Packer game. I asked the bartender “What would you recommend?" and was given a beer that had a simple yet inviting look. The beer came in a standard 12-ounce can so it had the feel of a regular beer but this was no regular beer. It had the smell of both hops and citrus. I initially thought that I would be having a beer that tasted of oranges.

Post-tasting: After I took my first taste I was presently surprised at the amount of flavor packed into a 12-ounce can. Not only did it have a citrus taste but also a light pine flavoring. This is followed by a malt flavor with a touch of mango. Pre-tasting I thought the orange citrus flavor would be overwhelming but post-drink the flavors were very subtle but satisfying. This beer brought me to my happy place — so much so that I decided to polish off a six-pack.

You'll like this beer if:

You enjoy long walks on the beach.

You are ready to take the plunge.

You prefer coffee with cigarettes.

You like to drink in the morning.

And continue to drink for the rest of the day.

You'll dislike this beer if:

Orange is not your thing.

You prefer liquor to beer.

You need to go on a brisk jog.

You are unemployed.

You don't drink alcohol.

Rating: 8/10

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