My kind and lovely wife decided to do something nice for me this Christmas and signed me up for a Beer of the Month Club. I was excited when I came home last Friday evening to discover a large box on the kitchen table. I carefully opened it and pulled off the protective carton to be greeted by twelve shiny bottle tops, six of which said…Saranac. WTF?! Saranac warrants Beer of the Month Club status? There was some other stuff in there as well…
So to be perfectly clear here, I think Saranac is awful beer. All of it. Everything they make. I know many of you disagreed when I made a similar blanket statement about Flying Dog (which I might have jumped the gun on, BTW), but you can’t argue this one. Sararnac stinks. It’s like they make one “base” beer and squeeze in different flavorings to make all the other varieties. In this case, I had three Black and Tan flavored beers, and three India Pale Ale flavored beers. I took the high road and tried them with an open mind, and they were awful. Awful!!
Also in the box were some beers by the Choc Brewing Company in Krebs, Oklahoma. These were pretty decent, brew pub quality beers. I received three of their Basement Batch (a scrappy little IPA) and three of their Miner Mishap, a black lager that was light and smoky and decent as well. Neither were anything to go crazy over, but either could draw me into a restaurant that served them if the mood struck. Why there weren’t more like these in the box baffles me.
Now I get that the Beer of the Month Club isn’t going to be blasting noob palates with Victory’s Storm King Stout (although they should), but Saranac? Really? How can I trust these guys after they deemed Saranac appropriate for a domestic Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club? With so many wonderful breweries out there to choose from, they give me this? Saranac?
My wife, being the frugal one she is, only signed me up for 3 months of this stuff, so these guys have two more chances to impress me or disappoint me, whatever the case may be. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, the good news is that the box this stuff came in is terrific for shipping beers. I can finally send stuff out to my brother Don in Idaho without worrying about him receiving a soggy box of skunk.
I hope he likes Saranac…