I was faced with a choice last night. I was in Lewiston, Idaho and like the Idiot I am I forgot to bring beer and whiskey with me. I usually do. So I had to go to the grocery store and hope for the best. I made my way to Safeway after a very mediocre Chineese dinner and was actually encouraged to see the overhead sign above the aisle said “Craft Beer”. I began to think about all sorts of wonderful beers like Oscar Blues, perhaps a Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti, maybe a nice Washington brew as I am only about 2 miles from the border.
When I rounded the corner I was reminded I am in Lewiston. Let’s just say they don’t put the “craft” in the Craft Beer aisle. My selections were a bunch of Macro beer knock offs like Blue Moon, Shock Top, etc. They did have Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, but I wasn’t in the mood for a face melting IPA. They also had something from Redhook that was in an opaque bottle, the obligatory NewCastle Nut Brown, and Guiness. Then down the line there was this. The Sam Adams Octoberfest, and I thought there we go…I can get behind some Sam Adams. Plus I had heard some good things about this brew…It was a good choice. It was very malty in a lager style that poured a golden amber with about a one finger off white head. Its flavor was very good. Lots of malt up front with a lager flavor on the back side that tasted so much better than those fizzy yellow things. It was quality and I enjoyed every sip. Actually as I drank a few the malty flavor built up making the last taste even better than the first.
I began to think about my choice. I had other options that may have been good, including Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which is great, but I wanted something a little more evocative of the season. The Octoberfest I thought would fit that bill, but moreover I knew that Sam Adams wouldn’t let me down. And I was right, it delivered. It is a safe choice when you want a good brew but aren’t really sure about your options.
So I know I’m not the only one who thinks about this. What are your “Safety Beers?” I like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada brews for my safe choices. What are yours? Let us know in the comments.