In the next few weeks I will be blogging about the beers in the image above as well as many not shown. In fact that image above is my second batch (bought Sunday Dec 26th I think) of beers bought during my 6 nights in Alabama for home drinking. The batch above were bought at the local Winn Dixie (well known grocery store) in Foley, Alabama. When you get to the fridge section, there are a good few craft beers but I was a little disappointed that there was no more than a Walmart (rubbish for beer in any state I have been in). Then on grabbing a few and turning around I found random shelves with all sorts of craft beer. It was like a treasure hunt and for all I bought, I left more behind.
Now that is a lot of beer to drink (ignoring the blue moon, I did not go near it) considering it was Monday and I left Thursday. Normally I would not go near a beer till about noon but since I was getting up at 7:30 am it seemed only right to start. I had to so I could get through all the beer. It was Christmas after all so normal rules don't apply.
I managed to only leave 4 beers undrunk. My wife will bring those to my brother in law who also home brews and enjoys good beer. I also took one of each beer, which was 18 in total home with me. They survived the trip and will be shared with some lucky Beoir (yeah I am looking at you BeerNut)members at some point.
The two large boxes are pretty cool. They are mixed cases of beers from the two breweries in question. We can get some Great Divide beer in Ireland but none of the ones in the case which was convenient. Tommyknocker I had not even heard of before which is not surprising given just how many craft breweries are in the US that do not export their beer over here.
My most important discovery was Two Hearted from my beloved Bells Brewery, the brewery that got me on my quest for craft beer years ago. This was my first time trying Two Hearted which I had heard was a fantastic beer. My biggest regret in life is that in all the times I have been to Michigan, I never once thought to go the Bells! That said, if that is all I have to complain about in life then I must be pretty lucky. Well that and not being a millionaire lotto winner with no financial worries....
So here is wishing everyone a fantastic and Hoppy 2011 and may all your beery dreams come true.