This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.
We arrived in Asheville at the very beginning on the city’s seismic craft beer revolution. There were only a few modest craft brewers when we took up residence, and the one that demanded the least of our attention was French Broad Brewing Company. That changed one night when my partner in all things came home raving about their Gateway Kolsch. A few weeks later, it was one of the premium beers served at a wedding we attended, only solidifying its place high in our hierarchy of local libations as we indulged happily in its crisp, bright flavor. As much as any other offering from our beloved area breweries, the Gateway Kolsch became the standby, the beer that always seemed to be on tap when we needed it, the one that guaranteed quality even as some other favorites occasionally wavered as the brewers adjusted to exploding demand. It’s consistently available at our preferred movie theater. That alone guarantees that we have plenty of pints of it. And the brewer fairly recently made it available in cans, which somehow makes it all the better. Beyond the fact that I’ve almost completely converted to the side of the canned beer zealots, there’s an indefinable increase in satisfaction to cracking a can open, especially on a hot summer day. Maybe it’s nothing more than nostalgia, with a key difference between the remembered past and the happy present is that most of the older beers didn’t taste as good as a Gateway Kolsch.
—21st Amendment Bitter American
—Abita Restoration Pale Ale
—Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
—Samuel Adams Boston Lager
—New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
—ABA Hoppy Saison
—Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
—Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow