Crappy Beer Tasting
There are a lot of snobs in my beer group. People who, given the choice, would rather stay dry than succumb to having to drink Miller Lite or its watery counterpart. That’s why when the “Crappy Beer Tasting” was suggested a couple years ago, I was surprised that anyone agreed to attend. The premise was that life is too short to drink crappy beer, however, since we have an extra day this year (Leap Day) that we should have one day to drink the worst beer we can find. The rules were as follows:
- It had to be a commercial beer; no homebrews.
- Any seal on the beer could not be broken.
- Must be chilled at time of ‘enjoyment’.
Someone had remarked, “Why is Miller Lite on there? I mean it’s bad but it’s certainly not the worst beer EVER…” Because my friend, that is not just any Miller Lite: that’s a Miller Lite that someone found in the woods during a golf game a couple years ago. It’s been through the elements. Verdict? Completely undetectable difference from regular Miller Lite. Apparently that beer is indestructible. Also, Drake’s Imperial Stout (discontinued) is a pretty good beer in a pretty awesome bottle, right? Well… not when the seal appears to have rotted and it’s been oxidizing since 2007. You may also think that New Holland can do no wrong when it comes to craft beer, but then you wouldn’t have tried the Charkoota Rye which, at best, tastes like wrung out band-aids slow dripped into a vat of liquid smoke.
You don’t have to take my word for it:
When it was all said and done, the clear cut winner was the Bud Light + Clamato Chelada that had been aging in an attic for two years. Just plain nasty.