My Favorite Beers August 11, 2012Posted by Administrator in : Politics , trackback
Those who know me may be aware that one of my favorite practices is to mix the excellent Mexican beer Negra Modelo half-and-half with Clamato, a form of tomato drink sweetened with the juice of clams. Yes, I know it sounds horrible. So does eating soft-boiled eggs if you try to describe it in writing.
I also like “bloody marias — Clamato and tequila. I suppose I should confess here and now that I like anchovies on my pizza, and that I’m a great fan of smoked oysters, on pizza or on yellow crackers with Miracle Whip the way my mama used to make.
Recently, I have discovered something else that I have surprised myself by liking very much. My wife and I play pool together two or three times a week, and one of the places we go to serves “Chelada”, a canned drink consisting of Bud light and somewhat less Clamato than I’m used to drinking with Negra Modelo. I never thought I’d care for anything made by Anheuser-Busch (they have a huge factory just north of this town which is also a sort of capital for microbreweries), but I have to admit that Chelada — the pool hall serves it over ice in a salt-rimmed glass — is light and refreshing.
I’m bothering with all this because, when I went to look Chelada up on Google, curious about other people’s opinions, I found almost nothing but childish and snotty reviews, most of them making fun of clam juice. I don’t think any of them had anything at all to do with how the stuff actually tastes.
I don’t really care, but I believe my own taste is more than vindicated by my choice of Negra Modelo, always one of the top ten beers listed on beer websites. This town is also the home of New Belgium’s Fat Tire, the stuff that got me interested in drinking beer in the first place.
I just detest snobbery of any kind, whether it’s about beer, wine, whiskey, chocolate, or anything else.