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Taco Mac Challenge Update

All right, folks. We’re trying this again. And maybe this time I’ll keep the blog going.

As you may or may not know, I am embattled with Taco Mac and it’s challenge to drink 125 different types of beer. Going into the weekend, I was at 67, but Saturday night I knocked four more off my list, with Katie contributing one herself.

I figured this would be as good a topic as any to post on the blog, so here are the four beers I had with a review of each.

Red Bridge

I have tried to order this beer five times at the Taco Mac in Decatur, each time with the waitress coming back to the table to say they were out of it. Jerks.

But this weekend, we ventured out to the sticks and went to the Taco Mac in Suwanee. Surprise, they actually had this beer. When I ordered it, our (extremely beer knowledgable) waitress told me it was a gluten-free beer and if that was OK with me.

Uhhhhh, sure?

I’ve heard the term before, but I have no idea what gluten-free means. I come to find out it means it wasn’t made with wheat or barley. Crazy!

What’s crazier is that this was actually delicious. The carbonation was weird, but I liked the taste. It’s an amber beer with a hoppier taste than most ambers. I liked it Katie, however, not so much.

Abita Amber in a CAN!

OK, so it wasn’t a “new” beer, but with the Taco Mac challenge, you can get the same beer in a bottle and draft and it counts as two.

I already had Abita Amber in a bottle, but not in a can. So yeah, I went there.

I’m not even going to review it because it’s Abita Amber, my favorite beer. It’s glorious! Putting it in a can, though, makes it that much better. As I always say (or will start to say from now on), a beer in a can makes you feel more like a man.

Magic Hat No. 9

I’ve had this beer WAAYYYY too much, but it must have been during my pre-Taco Mac challenge days because it never ended up on the list. Until now.

Taco Mac listed No. 9 as a malt/flavored beer. Uh, not so much, guys. According to the Magic Hat site, No. 9 is “A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there’s never been anything else quite like it.”

Good enough for me. It’s a lighter beer with a lot of taste, a tiny bit of bitterness and some hops to it. I love it, and you will, too.

Leienkugel’s Berry Weiss

This was Katie’s fruit juice beer selection.

It’s a beer that has absolutely no taste of alcohol in it and instead tastes like cranberry juice. I like cranberry juice, so I have no problem with it; I just wouldn’t get it if I wanted to taste beer.

Katie, though, loves it. And our beer encyclopedia waitress recommended she try Asskisser’s line of beers. That should help me get closer to 125.

71 down, 54 to go …


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