I had the opportunity today to throw out some nine month old beer left over from a visit by my parents last Fall. They stopped in for two short visits, one on the way to the natural parks of Western Canada, and the other on the way back. They bought a medium-sized cooler into which my Dad put what he hoped would be a good "lawnmower beer" -- a light, crisp, refreshing brew useful for cooling a hot fellow down as he cut his lawn on a summer afternoon. My father is not one to leave good beer unopened, but this beer, Kokanee Glacier Beer in 335ml cans, was so uninspiring he had three or four cans left by the time of their second visit. Various concerns related to itinerary prevented them from taking the cooler all the way home, and it and its contents were left with us. That cooler remained unused (and pretty much unopened) until yesterday, when I had to remove the contents.
I sampled a bit of the "lawnmower beer" as I emptied the cans down the drain. Kokanee is an American-style pilsner beer made somewhere in British Columbia. As such, it caters to the lowest common denominator of beer drinker; it is bland, fizzy, and (because it is in a can) metallic. Club soda with a suitable amount of alcohol would probably taste as good. No offense to my Canadian readers... but you can keep your Kokanee beer. I've enjoyed a couple different Canadian beers over the years, but this isn't one of them.
To my parents, I also have a message: thanks for the cooler, but next time leave out the lawnmower beer.
on 2006-06-25 at 11:00 p.m.
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