Monday is here, and it’s time to start another week. Pick of the Weekend is our weekly post where we recap our favorite brews of the weekend past…
We spent the weekend in the San Bernadino Mountains camping and hiking, and we sampled many canned craft beers while in the wilderness. We stocked a cooler with a wide selection of canned beer for our expedition, mixing old favorites with some new things to try. We ended up with a lot of Maui Brewing Company beers, and as expected they were great refreshers after setting up camp, laying a fire, or returning from a hike. In particular the Le Perouse White, their limited release take on a Belgian Wit, was exceptional and went quick in Camp Verive.
Some of the new beers we sampled were the canned offering from Anderson Valley Brewing, and the Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout turned out to pair exceptionally well with a campfire and some s’mores. The stout cut through the smokey fire and the sugary marshmallow and was a great night-cap.
One other notable beer from the weekend was a Mikkeller/Grass Roots Wheat is the New Hops: a hoppy wheat/IPA hybrid that was really delicious but carries a price tag of $6 per 12oz bottle. It seems ridiculous to pay that much for a single bottle of beer, hell it probably is ridiculous to do so, but the beer was excellent. All the hoppy flavor and aroma of an IPA with the refreshing and lively carbonation and lighter body of a wheat beer. It isn’t a stretch to pay six dollars for a beer in a restaurant, but it is easy to balk at a bottle of beer that costs that much. In this case though, it might just have been worth it.
How much is too much for a bottle of beer? What’s your upper limit for a special bottle?