Friday, January 11, 2013

When the Water is Bad, Drink Beer

For a couple of weeks now, we've been dealing with a water issue at the house. So like people throughout history, I must turn to beer for my liquid sustenance since the water can't be trusted. Besides, after days dealing with multiple contractors, with no resolution in sight, I just really needed a beer!

My choice this evening was Devils Backbone Vienna Lager. I poured my beer into one of the "stolen" Devils Backbone glasses. The beer begins with a robust off-white head. So much so that I initially slowed my pour, and was thankful for the oversize glass. As it turned out, the head dropped quickly so no overflow was encountered. The color is a very attractive copper color with a mild aroma of caramel and roasted malt. The flavor is slightly sweet malt with a toasted, nutty character. The finish is dry and mildly sweet, clearing off to leave behind a lasting hint of bitterness.

As reported previously, this was the most popular of the beers we served at a recent gathering. It's easy to understand why folks kept returning to it. I selected this lager for the menu in the hope that it would appeal to both the adventurous and non-adventurous palates. And it was very successful in meeting that requirement. Devils Backbone Vienna Lager is a refreshing, enjoyable beer that I suspect I'll be picking up regularly — even after we get clean water flowing once again.


  1. I drink water at home, because my well water tastes good. Out thought, one must consume something much tastier than city water.

    1. The way it's going beer, not water, is going to be the safe beverage here for a while longer.


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