Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"
Earlier this year, news broke that shocked the doughnut loving world: Portland's Voodoo Doughnut is coming to Denver! Famous more for their topping eccentricities than for their base product, Voodoo has become the doughnut shop in the Northwest, and a mecca for hipsters and doughnut-freaks alike.
In honor of the Oregon institution's pending arrival in Colorado, I'm going Rogue this week, and choosing a beer not because I actually want to drink it, but because of the concept. Named in honor of the famous doughnut shop, Rogue Ales in Newport, OR brews a beer that brings to mind one of Voodoo's signature styles, the maple bacon bar. That beer, Bacon Maple Ale, is my gameday beer-o-the-week.
Be forewarned, this is one of the more disgusting beers I've ever tried. Not that it's poorly crafted - the opposite, in fact - it's just the flavor combination doesn't go well in beer form.
In theory, it should be a very manly experience (ignoring the garish pink bottle, of course). Maple syrup nose, combined with a smoky bacon flavor. Who wouldn't want to give that a try? The problem is, it's just a little too much. The nose is very maple, and too much sugar seeps into the taste, which doesn't mesh well with the smoky bacon palate. The beer is an experience worth trying once, but not something I can really enjoy for more than a sip or two.
With that ringing endorsement, why not go out and grab a bottle. Split it with your friends, and enjoy trying something way off the reservation. Have a back-up in place, through, because few I know can make it through more than a few ounces of this.
Happy Firday! Go Buffs, beat the Ducks!