Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What we're drinking tonight: Choc Beer Co. 1919

Never hear of Choc Beer Company? Neither had we until checking out Vulcan Bev's new stuff. The labels looked cool, the names intriguing and the company's history on the bottles unusual. Even better, Vulcan had a variety 6-pack for $15. A bit pricey, but better than six of one type that turns out bad.

Anyway, choc beer (lowercase), is an abbreviated form of the term Choctaw beer, a brew made usually illegally in southeastern Oklahoma before the territory became a state. The recipe sounds like beer until you get to the raisins, fishberries and tobacco. You can read all about it here.

In our variety pack was an amber, a black lager, a Belgian wheat, the obligatory pale ale and a white ale. Since the brewery doesn't actually make the traditional choc recipe, we decided to start off with the 1919, an American wheat ale and named after the year the brewery began producing legally.

Enough with the history. How's the beer? We'll just say it's a good thing we didn't buy a whole 6-pack. 1919 isn't a bad beer, but it's certainly not great. It pours a light, cloudy yellow with a thin, effervescent head that disappears quickly with no lace (the photo is from Choc, and is likely photoshopped). The taste is similar. Thin, with a slight hint of wheat and a bit of malty aftertaste. A very small bit.

In conclusion (sounds sophisticated, huh?), 1919 would make a great lawnmower beer if it wasn't so freakin' expensive.

Next we'll try the Pietro Piegari amber ale which, by description, seems to have a better chance of being good.