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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Microbrew Review: Tuesday is the Day


Well, unfortunately, Ithink I've just about exhausted the choices of Trader Joe's non-Trader Joe domestic beer with tonight's beer, Mission St. Pale Ale

I imagine they are trying to invoke some semblance of a Mexican beer, since Mission St. is a big Mexican St. in San Francisco. If that is their goal, I have to say they pretty much failed. Of course, I haven't had any lime (or lemon) to augment the beer with so it's partly my fault thus far. I will update this if there are significant changes based on such a try.

That's not to say this is a bad beer. It is a Pale Ale and those usually aren't my favorites (by disposition, I tend to like stouts and ales). However, this seems to compare favorably with Sierra Nevada. I guess it could really just be another California pale ale and that isn't really such a bad thing. I'll compromise and give it a C+

10 Comments:

At 9/21/2005 6:18 AM, Blogger Chuckles said...

I wonder who thought up the idea of the lime or lemon wedge in a beer thing. I'd be willing to bet it was someone here and not in Mexico, if only for the fact that people want to say something with their choice of beer in a bar. "I was drinking Red Stripe long before it was cool, man." Or something of a similar nature. Half of the time, there is nothign special about those fad beers other than a slightly inflated price. Might as well by a case of Bud Light. Not that I like Bud Light or anything.

 
At 9/21/2005 8:02 AM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

What I find interesting is the subtext to the review that is provided by the accompanying image. Is that a gold Chairman Mao behind the Mission St. beer? What could the meaning of that be ... perhaps it's that you are pro-communist? I am also noticing that there is some non-descript red object to the left of the beer. Another pro-communist item I'm sure.

Pay attention to the fact that the beer on the left is open and elevated above the one on the right due to its placement on a coaster. Perhaps implying those at the right hand of Chairman Mao and on the same side as the red are better and more desirable?

Your image betrays your true intentions fulsome.

 
At 9/21/2005 8:27 AM, Blogger fulsome said...

Even better, look at the name of the photo. The other red object is, unfortunately, not communist propoga. I'll try harder next time!

 
At 9/21/2005 9:30 AM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

Good point about the image name. I didn't dare click on it lest it infect me with its communism.

 
At 9/22/2005 7:49 AM, Blogger Yosef said...

I had always heard that the lemon or lime wedge wasn't meant to flavor the beer, but to either help sanitize it (with the acids from the fruits) or to keep flies out of the bottles. You aren't supposed to push it all the way down into the bottle, but leave it in the neck of it.

That said, why is Chairman Mao endorsing American micro-brewed Mexican style beer?

 
At 9/22/2005 9:40 AM, Blogger fulsome said...

Are you questioning Chairman Mao? I wouldn't advise it. He is the Great Helmsman and Mao Zedong thought must help guide all of our decisions.

 
At 9/22/2005 3:17 PM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

Look, he's just trying to let Chairman Mao know that he has a few questions. I mean, Mao did say "Let a thousand blossoms bloom. Let a thousand thoughts contend."

Sure he may not have expected as many people to disagree with him as ended there ended up being. But he quickly 'solved' those problems and was able to continue on his merry tyrannical way.

The point here is that um, I forget. Whatever.

 
At 9/22/2005 7:51 PM, Blogger Chuckles said...

I must protest at nachos' comment that the beer on the left hand of Mao is unopened. It clearly is opened as noted by the tilted nature of the cap. Clearly, Mao is stating solidly and for all to see, 'A worker with one beer is good but a worker with two has the good of the party and community foremost in his thoughts, as he desires to share his bounty.'

 
At 9/23/2005 9:56 AM, Blogger dontEATnachos said...

Ah, Chuckles. If you read my post I never said that the beer at Mao's left hand was 'unopened'. I merely stated that the one on the left was 'open'. As you can see from the fact that there is a lid of some sort resting on the one beer, it is not 'open' it has been 'opened' but technically is now not open.

I was quite aware of the tipped cap of the beer but felt that drawing attention to that fact would merely distract the reader from my excellent points.

 
At 9/24/2005 6:53 PM, Blogger teh l4m3 said...

Erm...Here's the deal: Yes, Mission is the main thoroughfare for the largest Hispanic community in San Francisco, but that's about it. The people who made this microbrew are Mission area white people -- or worse, Marina people who slum in the Mission and make it fucking impossible to simply walk up 16th on a Friday night. Ugh. Where was I? Oh, yeah: The "Mission St." thing doesn't reference the Mission District's proud Mexican heritage, but rather, it's liberal, artsy-fartsy, poor, queer, druggie, djs-and-rockabillies-and-mods culture. Hence the Mao and stuff...

 

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