This morning on my way into work I had to make a quick WalMart run. My wife has been couponing to save our family $$ and she made a run to WalMart yesterday, and had a few things she forgot so sent me this morning on my way into work. As I was making my way through the aisles and I heard the tinkling of glass bottles. I realized they were restocking the beverage area when I remembered the post I did last week about WalMart carrying more craft beer items. So I thought I would check out their beer selection.
Turns out the tinkling I heard was actually wine bottles being restocked, but I did manage to make my way back to the beer section and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a sixer of Jubelale and a case of craft beer! That’s right WalMart did indeed have craft beer. I picked up this sixer of Deschutes Jubelale which is the brewery’s winter seasonal. It was priced right too at $7.59, that saved me a couple bucks from anywhere else I can find it. Their selection, while limited was better than expected. They had quite a few offerings from Deschutes including their Mirror Pond pale ale, Black Butte Porter, the Jubelale, and their Inversion IPA. All solid offerings. They carried Stone IPA, Alaskan Amber, and a lot of the New Belgian beers, including their mixed 12 pack. The one that surprised me the most was the Boulevard What beer. That was probably the most unexpected beer in the case, and one of the most exotic for these parts.
While this was a step in the right direction, they still have a long way to go to satisfy my inner beer geek. First, they had no stouts available, unless you count Guinness, and everything they sold was by the sixer or 12 pack. No singles and no bombers. So while this is progress and a step in the right direction it is still baby steps at this point. I’m going to check back, because I think they will find that this is a money maker for them, and I hope to see their selection grow.
When I bought the craft beer it made me feel like this: