Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Piss Beers of Upstate New York: Part 1, Genesee
So here we start another one of my "series" of posts, which means I will probably do 2 posts on the subject tops before my tiny mind flitters away onto another concept. There has been much verbiage devoted to the excellent brewing traditions of our home state by people more knowledgeable than myself. Here I have decided to write about a subject that I know well, i.e. crappy beer. I use the term "crappy beer" in the most endearing sense, as I believe many of these "American lagers" of dubious quality have their place in the brewing pantheon. Sometimes, on a hot day, nothing will hit the spot like an ice cold Genesee.
This product is care of the Genesee Brewing Company located in Rochester. Genesee Beer is a fairly unassuming brew, imagine an ever so slightly hopsier and more flavorful Budweiser. Thoroughly swillable at cold temperatures and averaging in price somewhere under 5 bucks per 6 pack, the price is right for Genny. In my cheap beer heyday (late 90s), I remember being able to get a 30 pack of Genny Cream Ale for under 10.00$, those were the days.
Coincidentally, I found another Genesee Brewing Company product at my local Stewart's Shop last night. Here we have a product entitled "Mountain Brew Beer Ice" in a can with a decidedly minimalistic design. Note the weird sports playing stick figures around the bottom.
They were selling this stuff by the onesie for .75$ a can! Best thing about it was I was buying milk when I saw the beer, so I bought a gallon of milk and one can of Mountain Brew. The checkout lady gave me a look. I think the 6 pack was like 4 dollars. Weird, I have never heard of the stuff and can't find anything about it on the internets. I am quaffing the can as I write this, it tastes like it may cause diarrhea. This is piss beer of the lowest ilk, but I love the can. It looks like somebody drew on the label with a magic marker!
I think the next installment in this series will take us to Central New York, but I am not sure.