When visiting a supermarket or liquor store in hopes of finding a wonderful beer, it can be intimidating. The aisles are long, freezing (bring your sweater), and the choices are endless. You can find European brews, Mexican brews as well as the standard American brews. Not only are there a variety of choices, but the prices vary and it’s hard to know which beer is worth your money. Luckily, I am here to help! Four people, six beers from many different lands, various price tags, and the opinions surprised even the tasters themselves.
The first taster was a seventy-four year old woman who is very set in her love for El Pacifico beer from Mexico. Whenever she goes to a bar, that is her beer of choice and she rarely strays. So, when she sat down to taste, it was no wonder that she fell for another Mexican beer. Sol was her choice. She gave it a rating of 10 points out of 10. She loved its light flavor and it’s refreshing taste. Two others in the blind taste test also rated it at 8 points out of 10, giving it the same description: Light and Refreshing! The cost? Very reasonable – $5 – $6 range for a six pack.
The second to taste was a fifty-one year old woman who can appreciate a good beer, but mostly drinks the fruit of the local land – wine. She had some memory of enjoying Kirin Ichiban – the Japanese beer – and was sure that since it was included in the blind taste test, she’d choose it blindly as well as consciously. So, she was surprised when the beer she chose as her favorite did not match her predictions. We will get back to what she picked, don’t want to give away the best beer of the night!
Taster number three did in fact choose Kirin Ichiban as his favorite. Him being a thirty-four year old male who does in fact treasure and savor the taste of beer. He loves his Coors Light, Land Shark, and Sierra Nevadas, but he chose a Japanese beer as his favorite. He described it as light and smooth. The cost? Reasonable – $6 – $7 range for a six pack.
The last taster, a twenty-nine year old gal, new to beer and it’s amazing flavor couldn’t believe her choice either. She along with the fifty-one year old woman both picked a beer that not only was the least expensive, but three out of 4 tasters gave it a 10 out of 10 rating. So what was this beer that got the seal of approval? Trader Joe’s Simpler Times Beer – The cost? You won’t believe it – ONLY $3 per six pack.
So if you’re on a budget and need a nice, light, refreshing and wonderful beer – just head over to Trader Joe’s and see their Simpler Times end cap. You will not be disappointed.