DIY Six-Pack, Part 2: Stretching My Tastebuds
Annebeth's in downtown Annapolis allows customers to try out a variety of beers by building their own six packs.
I enjoy trying new things, but sometimes the cost of being experimental with new and strange beers keeps me from broadening my malted horizons.
That's why I was giddy about discovering Annebeth's, located at 75 Maryland Ave. The store offers customers a chance to build custom six packs for $10.50 plus tax.
Finally, I can try out new beers without the commitment of owning five more bottles I don't like. And each bottle comes at a price that won't make me wince if it turns out the beer just isn't for me.
Earlier this week I posted my thoughts on the first three beers I tried from my customized six-pack. You can read it by clicking here.
I would like to remind everyone that I am more of a beer amateur than expert, and these opinions belong solely to my taste buds.
No. 4—Port City Brewing Company's Optimal Wit
This beer's cloudy appearance surprised me when I poured it. It's a pale orange-yellow with a murkiness that made me think of lake water. The smell was an assault of spices, and that assault continued as I drank. It tasted like a peppery mix of orange juice and lemonade. I wasn't a fan. It did remind a bit of a Hefeweizen, but an overly spiced one. The beer type is a Wit, which are known for being cloudy and tasting like orange peels and coriander. I think I'll pass on them from now on.
No. 5—New Belgium 1554 Enlightened Black Ale
As I mentioned in my previous post, I love Fat Tire, but the 1554 might replace it as my favorite New Belgium beer. It has the same caramel sweet taste as Fat Tire, but there is a creaminess that really sets 1554 apart. It tasted a bit like semi-sweet dark chocolate, and the beer was the color of Coca-Cola. It's a dark beer, but it's not heavy like a Guinness or the Baba Black Lager.
No. 6—EVO Summer Session Ale
This was the fizziest of the bunch, and it had the same milky yellow color as the Optimal Wit. It also mixed citrus flavors with spice, but this time the spices weren't so overpowering. It had a slightly floral scent as well. It was simple generic beer that would be a good alternative to Miller Lite at a barbecue. Its simplicity would have a universal appeal, but nothing about it stood out as unique or special.