When my parents drove cross-country recently, I asked for what seemed a logical souvenir – beer from all points west of Virginia. They obliged, coming back to Virginia with a couple cases of beer I’d never tried before. First one to be reviewed is Stevens Point Brewery Cascade Pale Ale, from Stevens Point, Wisconsin (which according to Google is roughly in-between Green Bay, Wisconsin and Minneapolis, Minnesota). Apparently Stevens Point Brewery has quite a bit of history and is the fifth oldest continuously operating brewery in the US and was founded in 1857, with name and ownership changes over the years.
If you couldn’t tell from my Oktoberfest post, I love fall, and fall beers. Especially pumpkin beers (true confession: I actually love just about anything pumpkin). Every year, in early September, I head to my favorite beer shops to pick up a season’s worth of pumpkin beer. I usually grab some of my favorites, and check out new ones to try. The owner of my tried and true beer store recommended Schlafly to me, saying it was his favorite. I was a little dubious, as his second favorite is one I’m not a fan of. But I decided to give it a try, and I am very happy I did. This is the first Schlafly beer I’ve tried, and I’ll definitely be looking for additional styles.
I can’t help myself, I get very excited about all things fall – and as a consequence, start drinking Oktoberfests as soon as they appear. So I was happy to see Ayinger Oktoberfest on the draft list at my local uber-beer garden. While Ayinger isn’t one of the original Fests from 1810, it’s still regarded as a classic. It all started well, as it was a beautiful copper fest-color, with an even head. But when I started drinking it, I was a bit disappointed.