Buffs Gameday - Buff Gold, Boulder Beer - I'll admit, if there wasn't a buffalo on the label I'd have found a different beer by now. It's shallow, to be sure, but marketing sometimes works on me. Either way, the beer is decent, and it's a must for me on a gameday. I make no apologies. Buff Gold is a rather average (maybe even below-average) gold ale, and is only something I drink out of tradition.
Victory Cigar - Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Brewing - It's become a tradition for me and a few friends to enjoy a victory cigar after every home football win and any big home basketball wins (for example, victory cigar after Mizzou, but not Okie St). With that cigar, I usually want to enjoy a manhattan, but if I go the beer route, I'll always take an Alaskan Amber. The place I go, Johnny's Cigars, has a limited beer selection, but anything Alaskan is enjoyable, and their staple Amber is fantastic.
|An Alaskan Amber with a victory cigar means the Buffs just did well.|
Random trip to the Dark Horse - Hazed and Infused, Boulder Beer - This goes way back to the days when I may or may not have been drinking at the Horse while under 21 (*cough*, *cough*). Hazed was the first American Pale Ale I ever tasted, and I've stuck with that beer paired with that location ever since. On my first tasting, I was amazed with the flavor and aroma dry-hopping can impart on beer. That dry-hopped nature got me hooked on the first sip, and Hazed has stayed a personal favorite ever since.
Playing a game of softball - Upslope Pale Ale, Upslope Brewing - On nights when I bring beer for my softball team (go Rangers!), I want to bring something a whole hell of a lot better than the Light Lagers that are so un-Godly popular. Since no bottles are allowed at the fields, I have to find something in a can. Last year, that beer was Upslope's staple Pale Ale. Their use of Patagonia hops brings a flavor that is unique to the brewery, and one I'm fascinated with. It's perfect for quenching my thirst after running the bases.
|Canned beers are perfect for outdoor activities, and this Pale Ale does the trick for softball.|
Beer-pong - Blue Moon (in a can), Coors Brewing - I mentioned this last week, but my official beer pong beer is Blue Moon (in a can). It's considered heresy amongst some beer geeks to play pong, but beer is all about having a good time, and what's better than a random game of pong with friends? I'm not talking cut throat, frat-house tournaments here, it's about enjoying a Friday evening. I think it's the perfect pong beer; it's got enough flavor to remind me that I'm actually drinking beer, without being too heavy to drink after a game or two. I like to keep a few oranges on hand, and drip a little juice in each cup before consuming; thereby enhancing the belgian white's distinct orange-backed flavor.
Dinner with friends - Anything from Stone Brewing - I was a passionate Stone fan long before this guy started working there. It certainly doesn't hurt "knowing a guy" now. Stone's impressive Arrogant Bastard has long been my favorite beer on the planet. Intense, hoppy, and, above all else, arrogant, I'm happy to have an AB in just about any situation; it's my ultimate "go-to" beer. Other stuff from Stone, like their IPA or their fantastically dark Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, are also very welcome at my table when entertaining or visiting friends for dinner.
|AB is my ultimate go-to beer.|