It’s March Madness, and you know what that means! That’s right, a socially acceptable reason to sit on your couch or a pub stool all weekend and drink beer, watching eighteen year-old communications majors hoist far too many three-point attempts, earning millions of dollars in advertising revenue to line the NCAA’s corrupt coffers. Sure, it’s not even quitting time and your bracket is already FUBAR, but let’s focus on the positives… this is one of the great drinking weekends of the calendar year, right up there with next weekend, and, of course, last weekend.
So what to drink? It’s technically spring now, although across much of the country you wouldn’t know it (to our California and Florida readers: the rest of us despise you right now. You’re not so great the rest of the year either. Have fun sliding into the ocean sometime mid-century). So you’re perfectly within your rights to drink anything from the fresh maibocks and saisons popping up on store shelves, to the burly stouts and DIPA’s that keep winter’s lingering chill at bay.
This weekend I’ll be enjoying some Great Lakes Alchemy Hour, my freshman-of-the-year for the 2013 DIPA season- a big, fruity mosaic-hopped beauty that stands toe-to-toe with the NBA-bound Hopslams of the world. And it’s hard to find much in the way of American-brewed sours in western PA, so I’m excited to try a bomber of Uinta Birthday Suit 2oth Anniversary Sour Brown I happened upon recently. I’ll let you know how this one scores at the Aleheads combine. It’s got tremendous upside potential.
So I ask you, Alehead Nation: