Sunday, August 15, 2010

Ich Bin Ein Paulaner

Miss out on that trip to Munich last year? You can still celebrate the 2009 Octoberfest in gut alt Deutschland style with some of last year's Paulaner Oktoberfest. The distributor must have found some hidden in a corner of the warehouse, and stores are selling 12-packs at a drastically reduced price. For instance, at Kelly Liquors on Wyoming, where normally you'd pay $8.99 for a six-pack of Paulaner, you can get a 12-pack for $9.99, or a whole case for $18.99! And while a 2009 beer that is still sitting around at the time the 2010 version should be coming out may give you pause, I don't think the Marzen style of beer suffers much from age. Maybe it will be a bit sweeter, but nothing offensive. I would get some myself, but I just took advantage of a $9.99 18-pack of beer at Smith's. I admit with only minor embarrassment that the beer is Miller High Life. It's not the craftiest of the craft beer world, doesn't even qualify as "craft" when you get down to it, but it drinks pretty darn easy in this hot August weather. I've mixed it with Marble IPA and it makes a perfectly less good Marble IPA. I'm just not ready for a malty Octoberfest-style beer right now- I'm still happy with the mixed drinks.

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