Attaboy Beer, 400 Sagner Ave., Frederick
CHRIS MAKES COLIN DRINK …
Fredhead Red Red IPA
Mermaid Blood Hibiscus Blonde
Ruud-er Golden Strong
Guava No Guava New England IPA
You’re A Peach Peach Saison
It was Valentine’s Day! And what better way for lovebirds to celebrate their love than to pony up to an industrial looking bar, happily look into a partner’s eyes, and say, “You’re a peach!” Granted, Chris and I don’t need some silly thing like Valentine’s Day to inspire us to do as much with one another (examples of pet names we have for each other: “dude,” “hey, you,” “man” and “what’s the smell?”), but this felt as good a time as any.
HOW MUCH DID I WANT TO TRY ANY OF THESE BEERS?
I like Attaboy. Back when I was still … you know … writing, I wrote a column about the owners and they were lovely people. So, I’ll say, “about as much as I like to watch ice dancing at the Olympics.” And yes. Turns out, that’s actually a little bit. Who knew?
Attaboy always has a good vibe, anchored mostly by the thing we’ll get to next. But if you’re looking for something quick and dirty, I’d say the vibe is akin to Justin Timberlake’s “Man Of The Woods” rollout. Lots of flannel. Intimidatingly attractive people. Kind of like a rich man posing as though he actually knows how to chop wood. Hey, man. Hater’s gonna say it’s fake. So. Real.
THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF THIS MESS
AN ANDRE THE GIANT SIZED CONNECT FOUR BOARD!!! Notice all those capital letters. Whew, that’s a lot. For the record, I beat Chris nine times out of 10 (probably not true), and at one point I tried to smuggle it all out of the garage (definitely not true, but definitely considered). You guys gotta go check that out.
NOW, ABOUT THE BEER …
We’ve done three of these things and this by offered offered up my favorite beers to date. Weirdly, the Mermaid Blood seemed even lighter than Coors Light (not that I would ever drink Coors Light, because that would be embarrassing to admit in a newspaper … haha?). Even Chris said he was, “really surprised” he liked it. In my notes, I described Rudd-er as “what a good craft beer should taste like” because I’m clearly the expert here, while Chris whose favorite was the Guava No Guava, said … “I don’t like the style.” Fine man. Haters gonna say it’s fake. So. Real.
WILL WE BE GOING BACK?
Of course! Chris will need a rematch in Andre-The-Giant-Connect-Four.