If you like birdwatching and beer, you’re bound to fall head over heels for the Mendoncino Brewing Company, whose Legend Collection is featured in the Clubs of America Great American Beer Club selection this month. You can drink refreshing beers while gazing at the exquisite avian illustrations on the labels.
My Great American Beer Club shipment came just in the knick of time this week. I’d been on the road for over a week visiting family in DC and Steamboat Springs for work. I stumbled in the door – tired, relieved to finally be home – and was greeted by a 12-pack of beer, 6 of which hailed from California. I also happened to have company in town last weekend and it’s always nice to have the novelty of microbrews from around the country stocked in the fridge to offer guests. How else would you manage to stumble upon such a diverse, unique beer selection besides belonging to the Great American Beer Club?
The flagship Red Tail Ale is a strong red — a deep caramel in color. It’s on the heavier and darker side on the spectrum of amber ales, making it a good choice to savor over conversation or cards. The Red Tail Ale is the kind of beer that motivates you to bring it to the perfect temperature before drinking, slowly pour into a chilled pint glass and enjoy (rather than just chug straight from the fridge, right out of the bottle).
Obviously, a beer’s label doesn’t affect it’s taste — unless imagined — but it’s certainly nice to have a beautiful piece of artwork to glance at while drinking. The images reminded me of the intricate scientific illustrations from the Aubodon’s Birds of America coffee table book. What a great complement to a tasty ale!
The Blue Heron Pale Ale has a light flavor designed for easy drinking. It has a brisk, lightly-hoppy taste that would go well with a hearty pulled pork sandwich, topped with coleslaw.
If you don’t have a pet eagerly awaiting your arrival when you come home from a trip or work, why not enlist a 12-pack of beer from Great American Beer Club to be your “greeting committee”? Not only that, but belonging to a Great American Beer Club is guaranteed to impress your friends with your adventurous, wide-ranging taste!