Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

My mother was here this past weekend, and as happens every time our family gets together, we do a little drinking and play a lot of games of Scrabble. The games are usually very competitive, yet still friendly with only the occasional argument. We let each other use the dictionary to find the crazy unknown words and basically have a good time.

But when my mother threw up the word "gallow" on a triple word score explaining it was the singular of gallows, that's where the line had to be drawn. Before she had even put the w down yet, I was already challenging gallo, which made the w even funnier. Wasn't Gallo one of the fake last names of My Cousin Vinny? Ooh, Marisa Tomei! Anyway, my mom's innocent act was convincing enough, but the bottom line is to keep a close eye on things. I like to win!

Big props to one of my coworkers who brought me back some beers from one of his trips to Texas, beers that I'd likely never see here in Florida otherwise. The one I chose for today is Saint Arnold Summer Pils brewed by Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, Texas. Apparently Saint Arnold is the Patron Saint of Brewers and lived from 580 to 640. The label also tells you about a miracle at his funeral involving a never-ending mug of beer. Sweet!

The aroma is pretty distinct and unique. It's grainy, bready and has a slightly sweet tartness to it. The beer shows off some grainy, malty and dark fruits in the beginning. I also taste some berry flavors, maybe raspberries. Then a fairly strong carbonation delivers some strong hops and lemon flavors, providing a nice little bite. A little pepper spiciness and you are all done, finishing fairly dry on your palate. Very drinkable, and I must say this is one of the best pilseners I've had. It is WAY better than most I've had mainly because you don't get that skunky smell and flavor in there. But nice flavors and balance too.

The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary

Razor A2 Kick Scooter (Multiple Colors)

Marisa Tomei signed 8x10 Photo (Actress, My Cousin Vinny - Mona Lisa Vito)

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