Man's Beer Tasting Guide to the Galaxy: An introduction and Review of Craft Beers.

By Dustin "The Expert/Man" Shidla

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Editor's Introduction: Dustin "The Expert" Shidla 

From the Editor: Dustin Shidla, the author and enthusiast responsible for this crisp brew review, did you all the huge favor of tasting some weird and not so weird beer. So much intriguing tasting and describing went on that in fact, that the whole staff here at Exposure (except Nikki) sampled the Abita brew on show. Apart from simply being wonderfully fun, Dustin, unlike me, knows how to get to the point. We all agree that his review is simple and still poignant. And lets face it, our eyes are usually too blurry and minds too slurred to really understand all the complex shit. "Keep it simple stupid". My writing teacher used to say that, she also failed me twice.  


Like the Girl-Next-Door, Slightly More Tan, And Robust.  

Photo from fullsailbrewing.com

Amber Ale - Full Sail Brewery

Hood River, OR

This beer is light, but contrary to other light beers, it has great flavor. The smooth scent and delicate way the flavor dances on your taste buds is absolutely pleasurable. For a beginner to the craft beer world, this particular brew would be the closest in comparison to the domestics that one would be accustomed to, but offers and delivers so much more. This amber ale is light, making it a good choice for SWLA summer weather. You will not feel sluggish or weighed down after putting down a few of these Amber Ales. The finish is so nice on your tongue, and it really compliments the flavor as a whole. There is a slight caramel flavor and smoothness to this beer. I would definitely recommend Amber Ale to someone who is wanting to experiment with craft beers, but does not know where to begin the journey.


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Picture From: coolmaterial.com

Picture From: coolmaterial.com

Sriracha Stout - Rogue Ales & Spirits

Newport, OR

I delayed my sampling of this one simply because I'm not a fan at all of the very popular Sriracha Sauce. However, I would suggest trying this one out because the Sriracha flavor and heat didn't really develop until the sip (gulp) were finished. The creaminess of the stout was nice, and it helps deal with the heat as it arrives.  Make no mistake, when the spice comes through, you are fully aware! Warning! The warmer this beer becomes, the spicier it will be on your tongue. Try this one with a little bit of caution if you're not accustomed to spicier foods.


Do More Than Kill Brain Cells

From: sos.abita.com

S.O.S. (Save Our Shore) - Abita Brewery

Abita Springs, LA

This German pilsner is from Abita. The initial taste is somewhat familiar, like a domestic, but soon after the hoppy flavor will set in on your tongue. Hops will bring a slight bitterness to the overall flavor and will really compliment a brew if done correctly. S.O.S. has some bite to it, but it's not overpowering. This is a light beer, but it's got great flavor and it's not too heavy on the stomach. This beer is not only very tasty, but it's also a beer of charity. .75 of the purchase price of every bottle goes toward saving the shore of my home state, Louisiana. Abita has really expanded their horizons in the last few years, and (we should all be) I'm a big fan of that!


The Best Things in Life Take Time


Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) - Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids, MI

This one ranked very high on my list of craft beers. Founders took their very popular Breakfast Stout, put it in whiskey barrels and aged it for a year IN A CAVE. I'm not kidding, and I'm very impressed with the process! It is very smooth, full flavored, and the coffee flavor hits you right in the mouth! This is not a beer you can sit back and just put down a few. It's simply too heavy on your stomach for that. I would compare the weight to a bowl of oatmeal. It's very filling and thick. This is, in my opinion, a special occasion brew. Kentucky Breakfast Stout is a limited release, so if you've had this one, consider yourself lucky!


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