Back in November I tried a Pumpkin Spice beer from Anheuser-Busch and was pleasantly surprised. It was first of all good beer. The mellow pumpkin was evident, but not overpowering, and the spice lingered nicely at the end, again without overdoing it. So, I was primed to try another flavored beer for Christmas, and picked up a six pack of Leinenkugel's Apple Spice beer. I made the tactical blunder, though, of not also having available a solid, reliable standby - just in case.
As illustrated above, I found the Leinenkugel's disappointing. Fizzy, insubstantial and much too sweet. A kid's beer (if one were of a mind to corrupt the yoots of the nation). It tasted like a light beer mixed with apple juice and given an extra kick of artificial carbonation. I found their Sunset Wheat to be much the same. It pours up cloudy, but still manages to be thin, bubbly and again, too sweet.
It might be that I had been spoiled by a sixer of Anchor Steam Beer just before trying the Leinenkugels. Anchor Steam is very good, but too expensive. Ten bucks is just too much to shell out for six bottles of beer, and there are comparable beers available for less. I just picked up some Full Moon Winter Ale as well as the obligatory Shiner Bock which, believe it or not, I have never tried before. I'll report later.
The Grand Project inches along at a snails pace, delayed by paying work and lack of a dedicated brewing space. Once I get my brew room going, I will investigate cheese making more thoroughly. The bread will be the easiest aspect of my culinary trifecta - the cheese, I think, the most challenging.