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.
I have the more treasured of places set aside in my heart for the Central Wisconsin brewery that provided a sudsy crutch for me during my college years, which sends me back for their wares again and again. We’re a long way from the days when Point Special was only joined occasionally by its chunky cohort, Point Bock. Now the array of side offerings from Stevens Point Brewery can be a little dizzying, especially for those, like me, who tends to happily see the classic blue bullets — the nickname for the flagship beer because of its bright blue can — as a fine default. It may not be a fancy beer, but sometimes it’s the only beer I need.
Over the weekend, my attempt to properly stock a friend’s refrigerator as an expression of gratitude gave me cause to sample most of the rest of the brews offered by Stevens Point Brewery with regularity. And I was reminded that, while they are not admittedly not crafted with equal deftness, some of the spinoffs are pure joy in a glass themselves.
I probably wouldn’t slide a glass of Smiley Blue, Stevens Point Brewery’s Czech pilsner, across the table to a refined beer connoisseur and expect them to be dazzled. For me, though, I’ll gladly down a couple of these, feeling smitten the whole time. Crisp and flavorful, with a hint of the distinctive hoppy funk that marks it as a Point, having a icy cold Smiley Blue invariably prompts me to my own version of the expression that’s right there in the name.
Previous entries in this series can be found by clicking on the “Beers I Have Known” tag.