equal parts curiosity and skepticism

I drink a lot of beer.  It is one of my preferred social activities and has become a fixture of my daily routine.  I am fully aware of its full menu of detrimental health affects and associated social ills, yet find an unsettling comfort in this cool, brassy liquid.  

During twice annual periods of self reflection and the ensuing self improvement initiatives, I have attempted to curtail my consumption of beer — replacing my beloved beverage with Diet Coke and other sugar free drinks, most notably diet Pink Grapefruit and Iced Tea.  The increased intake of my favourite carcinogen (aspartame) has done little to satisfy my cravings for a savoury beverage, and I have yet to find a suitable alternative to delicious, mind numbing beer.

The non-alcoholic variety has done little to capture my imagination.  However, the astonishing transformation of one perpetually drunk dude into a fit, marathon-running, love-life kinda person and the charming rap tributations of one underappreciated Chicago mc, Serengeti, have piqued my interest in non alcoholic beer. 

I go to Superstore with increased frequency now that I am mostly unemployed.  During my most recent visit I encountered a massive display of discounted holiday beverages, including boxes of President’s Choice De-alcoholized Beer. This bit of merchandising was enough to push me over the hump and I sheepishly shelled out $4.99 for a dozen cans.

With equal parts curiosity and skepticism, I poured the contents into a glass.  The appearance was not off-putting — I recognized a familiar colour and foamy head. The aroma was rather nondescript and its texture similar to an ultra-watery light beer. It tasted almost salty and with a concentrated effort, I could detect beer-like flavours.  Emptying my first glass while I prepared a mushroom tart, another quickly followed (it’s pretty much automatic for me). The second glass was abandoned half way through. Another can was crushed later that evening, paired with Cheerios snack mix and Californication. I was not compelled to open another.

I cannot see myself abandoning my old favourite for its non alcoholic cousin.  That said, I do see the potential for non alcoholic beer to satisfy late night cravings and reduce my intake of alcohol. I’m hoping this experiment will motivate me to try other varieties for future review, thereby extending my flirtation with the straight and narrow!

 
Recommendations:

Serengeti – Dennehy; Cheerios Snack Mix (Original Flavour); Californication; Mushroom Tart!

5 Comments

  1. nicole says:

    By accident David and I bought this 2% beer called radler which I guess is supposed to be a German’s idea of refreshing–lemonade mixed with beer. It was sweet and disgusting but David kind of got into it and started drinking it for breakfast…

  2. Laura says:

    The tart was most delicious but I could do without the “beer.” Lets watch Californication tonight!

  3. David says:

    I drink O’Douls, Jueles drinks whiskey.

  4. Colin says:

    Favourite actor: Dennehy.
    Favourite beer: O’Douls.

    Bears, Sox, Cubs, Bulls.

  5. Jod says:

    I enjoyed the tart paired with Bourgogne Pinot Noir Reserve — sorry, you have motivated me to look for suitable non-alcoholic pairings.

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