Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Ask the Internet: Wedding Beer Question, Answered!

Before we get to today’s Ask the Internet, a very special announcement: tonight, we’re live blogging the Biggest Loser finale! Log on around 8pm for a play-by-play of all the inspirational, yet slightly disturbing dieting!

A few weeks ago, Ask the Internet featured a question from an unassuming food blogger about what kind beer to serve at her wedding. Readers offered a ton of good suggestions, and the food blogger, a procrastinator of the highest order, finally held the tasting over the weekend. She also stopped talking in third person at the end of this paragraph.

You guys, it was great! Here’s how it went down:

  • After the comments and Facebook votes were tallied, our final four beers were Brooklyn Lager, Magic Hat, Sierra Nevada, and Smithwick’s.
  • Fat Tire, Shiner Bock, and Bell’s all received multiple votes, but none are available in New York. (And according to the beer guy won’t be until: 2011, “a few years,” and “never,” respectively.)
  • Five people participated: me, the Husband-Elect, Ma, my sister, and her manfriend T.
  • We rated each beer on a 1 to 10 scale.
  • I was the only person who knew which beer was which.

These are our results and comments. The winner is revealed at the end!

Label: Brooklyn Lager
Points: 28
Comments: “Not so good,” “not a favorite,” “I’m not crazy about ales,” “hoppy and bitter,” “Filling – I could probably only have two of these before I was too full for pie,”

Label: Magic Hat
Points: 26
Comments: Far and away Ma’s favorite, but unexpectedly unpopular with the other tasters: “tastes like soup,” “smells funny,” “This beer is the new paisley.”

Label: Sierra Nevada
Points: 32.5
Comments: “drinkable, but not my favorite,” “easy to drink,” “a lot like the first one – maybe slightly better,” “an aftertaste,” “Is this Blue Moon? Because it tastes like Blue Moon.”

Label: Smithwick’s
Points: 36
Comments: “deep and nut browny,” “light, smoky, creamy,” “good and a little bitter, like me,” and from my sister, “normal” (note: this is the highest compliment she can give a food or beverage.)

Meaning, after all was said and done, the winner was…

Which is awesome, because it’s one of my favorite beers. Thank you, everyone, for all your suggestions! We really appreciate it, and are sure our friends and family do, too.

Want to ask the interweb a question? Post one in the comment section, or write to Cheaphealthygood@gmail.com. Then, tune in next Tuesday for an answer/several answers from the good people of the World Wide Net.

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