Tim told me he wanted to
do a beer review together. A good idea, I thought. We'd head
up to the local liquor store, and pick a great beer for this reunion of
the Big Beef and Beer consortium. As we perused the selection, I
smacked my lips in anticipation of a delicious beer.
As ol' Reggie was making
some obnoxious sound with his mouth. I decided to look around the store
for a different, out of the ordinary beer to review for our most favorite
fans. I typically look for the diamond in the rough. As Robert Frost said,
"I took the road less traveled and that made all the difference."
Tim was wandering around
the store aimlessly, overwhelmed by the big city selection, so I suggested
a beer. He mumbled something unintelligible that I took as "no."
I decided then that I'd let him choose the beer. He had driven through
the Heartland to join me for my company golf outing, and he was my guest
Reg was having some difficulty
making a decision so I made the decisive call. In keeping with my
philosophy, 'the best is off the beaten path', I chose a beer brewed by
the Flying Dog Brew Pub, Aspen, Colorado. The name was bizarre and
there was allot of cool sayings and pictures on the bottle and carton.
The beer's name was Old Scratch Lager and had two fleas on the label.
told Tim that I didn't care if he had to scratch his fleas, just pick a
damn beer already. That's when I noticed Tim staring intently at
Old Scratch Lager. He had finally chosen a beer. He obviously
was fascinated by the cartoons on the carton. Without further delay,
we headed for the exit.
Fortunately there were
cold beers available, so we were able to crack a couple open as soon as
we got home. Have you ever tasted dried brown grass? I finally
knew what it was like to be a cow grazing during a drought (not that I
ever really wanted to know). Worse still, after I caught my breath,
there was a distinct taste of Dial soap in my mouth.
we returned to Reg's place we popped open two cold ones and dialed up the
Steelers pre season game on the internet. Old Scratch is a micro brew so
I expected a mild bitter taste. I was not disappointed. The taste is not
exceptional nor bad. I would say an average micro brew. Beyond this
there is very little to say except that the label and carton graphics are
pretty cool. Definitely not the diamond in the rough but worth trying
one or two.
was beer, so I drank it. I wouldn't recommend that you seek out this
beer, but don't turn it down if you stumble across it. Tim gave it
a 3, and I gave it a 2.
Price: I paid $6.99 a 6 pack
Availability: Can get it at
well stocked grocery stores and finer liquor establishments.
The dogs are cool! Release the hounds!!!