It's Friday again folks, and I'm on the road. We've stopped in a town called Kingman, Arizona. It's basically in the middle of nowhere ... just east of the California border and Mojave National Preserve. That's right friends, the desert. If there's one place a pale Irish-American guy should not be, it's the desert. And for all the folks that say it's not the heat, it's the humidity, you're full of shit. It's fucking crazy hot out here!
So I'm in Kingman. Of course, the first thing that came to mind when I saw the exit sign was my first baseball game ever. I believe it was 1982 at Shea Stadium where I witnessed my first home run hit by none other than Dave Kingman. A classic power-hitter ... lots of home runs and RBIs, but one of the worst averages in baseball. For the moment, that man was my hero.
Sorry, I digress, let's get back to the beer.
I am happy to tell you that I have finally tracked down some New Belgium beers! Hooray! This morning I stopped at a Shell station in Flagstaff and they had an amazing selection of brews. Yes, at the gas station! They had stuff from New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, Anchor, Boulder Beer, and much, much more. I couldn't believe it.
I grabbed a sixer of New Belgium's Sunshine. I figured if I'm going to get burnt by the sun all day while driving, I might as well suck down a few suds in honor of the big bright star once I get off the road.
I don't have a glass so I can't give you a proper description. You'll have to deal with the review straight from the bottle.
I can tell you it is a wheat beer brewed with spices.
I pop the top and the aromas of citrus and coriander hit my nostrils. I take a swig and the beer goes down smooth. They mention some notes of apple and honey on the brewery website, and they are certainly correct. This beer is light and refreshing with plenty of friendly flavors to swirl around your mouth.
It's a fine choice for this evil dry desert heat, and I'm looking forward to trying more from New Belgium once I arrive in California.
Only one more day to CA, and two more days until we arrive up in Walnut Creek ... our new home.
Next week I hope to have more wonderful news about the delicious brews of the left coast.
Tune in then. For now, cheers!
Overall Score of the New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer: 3.75 out 5.0