Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Beer me.

When I lived in St. Louis, there was only one beer to drink: Bud Light.

Sure, other beers technically existed, but in the Land of Budweiser Brewery, that's all you order. So, when I moved to Chicago several years ago (Jesus Christ, has it been years already?), I was all set to be the small-town girl drinking the St. Louis classic.

...Until I realized that NO ONE drinks Bud Light here. No one. No Bud-anything, actually. Seriously, I feel like ordering a Bug Light in Chicago is like screaming I'M NOT FROM HERE, Y'ALL. And you know how I feel about tourists -- the last thing I want is to be grouped with them. Gew.

Sooo, it was time to move on to different beers. I haven't branched out too much from my lighter, wimpier tastes, but thanks to the variety in, uh, every single bar, I don't have to. These are a few of my favs:

  • Bell's Oberon
  • Allagash White
  • Goose Island 312
  • Honker's Ale
  • Magic Hat No. 9
  • Shock Top
  • Magner's
  • Blue Moon
  • Peroni
  • Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat

What else should I try?


Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of Chimay White - its another lighter, slightly citrus, wheat beer. Unfortunately, I have to drive to TN to get it because of the archaic beer laws in Alabama

jessica maria said...

This is totally on the opposite end of the spectrum, but I dig Guinness. I usually only have to buy 1 or 2 for the night, it tastes great, and it's actually not all that bad for you (according to my friend's personal trainer: if you have to drink beer, drink Guiness!)

Anonymous said...

New commenter here :)

I wish you could come to MT and try our local beers here, I too am a wheat loving, lighter fare beer drinker and we have the hook up! However, the seasonal "blue moons", like summer moon and etc. generally dont dissapoint. Unless they are IPA's which are way to hoppy for my taste. Also, new belgium (drawing a blank on the name, but whoever makes Fat Tire) makes a good wheat beer as well, and an amber.

Have fun!

ChiliMac said...

While I am all for trying different beers there is NOTHING wrong with a good Budweiser or Bud Light!

Some of my favs are:
Red Stripe
Anchor Steam
Amstel Light
Rolling Rock

But I say if you like the fine beers of St Louis stick with them. The important thing is you don't drink that water from Milwaukee that some people call beer.

elle michelle said...

Ari: Oo, that sounds yum!

Jessica Maria: I've only had sips of Guiness, but it's rough on me -- figures that the better-for-you beer would be one I'm too wimpy for.

Anonymous: Welcome! I occasionally do IPAs, but not often. Sounds like you've got some great, light options!

ChiliMac: Haha, I don't drink the water from Milwaukee unless there's nothing else. Because, really, a buzz is a buzz is a buzz.

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