Guest Post – 4th Annual 31 Beers of December

Guest Post – 4th Annual 31 Beers of December

I know I do not technically follow the Advent Calendar, but when it comes to beer I am all in.

This year, the brothers at 2beerguys.com (@2beerguys) invited me to join in their festivities along with fellow bloggers and craft beer enthusiasts.

You can check out my post here on Fantôme de Noël, a brew that is not only complex and tasty, but has additional sentimental value as well.

As always, remember: Life’s a tap…drink up ’til it’s dry.

– Dan “On Tap”

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Episode #205: Desperados

Desperados

Welcome to the third in a series of five posts care of Heineken USA via Kayla at The Brand Action Team (connect with her here).

Full Disclosure: I was provided with two (2) of each sample with the exception one can of Dos-A-Rita.

The Desperados comes in a clear bottle.  This new beverage is a blend of Dos Equis Lager with 100% agave nectar and margarita flavors.

Appearance

The appearance is very similar to Dos Equis Lager at first glance, though the carbonation is significantly more on the pour and then less, with the remaining tiny bubbles running up the side of the glass.  Most likely this can be attributed to the other ingredients (natural flavors) in the beverage.

Aroma

Lemon/lime up front, with a hint of some lager essence of biscuitiness/breadiness and a hint of earthy/mossy notes.

Taste

The agave nectar’s sweetness hits pretty hard, but is immediately followed up by lime flavor sans acid, followed by lemon, and then a hint of lemon/lime peel.  Bubbles from the carbonation are definitely tighter than other Mexican lagers.  The advice to serve this on ice would definitely prevent some of the peel taste, providing a more balanced and refreshing taste and finish most likely.  Like the Radler, this would be appropriate pool-side, at the beach, or on the patio.

Mouthfeel

This is more syrupy than the Dos Equis Lager on the mouthfeel as the result of the agave nectar.  The slight carbonation would be enhanced by following the directions of putting it on ice.

Overall

As I stated in my video, the Desperados is an interesting beverage.  I am not sure if the natural flavors or something else did not agree with my palate, as I think the concept of a barrel-aged lager is intriguing.  If you like Mexican lagers, you might not appreciate barrel-aging.  Some might use this just like the Dos-A-Rita to use it as a base for other cocktails.  I would have liked to have tasted the base beer before and after aging, as I would have better understood the process and its intended results.


Episode #204: Dos-A-Rita

Dos-A-Rita

Welcome to the second in a series of five posts care of Heineken USA via Kayla at The Brand Action Team (connect with her here).

Full Disclosure: I was provided with two (2) of each sample with the exception this one can.

Dos-A-Rita

The Dos-A-Rita comes in a single serving can, half-size of most normal cans.  This new beverage is a blend of Dos Equis Lager with 100% agave nectar and margarita flavors.

Appearance

The appearance is very similar to Dos Equis Lager at first glance, though the carbonation is significantly less and the bubbles that do remain are tiny and run up the side of the glass.  Most likely this can be attributed to the other ingredients in the beverage.

Aroma

Lemon/lime up front, with a hint of some lager essence of biscuitiness.

Taste

The agave nectar’s sweetness hits pretty hard, but is immediately followed up by lime flavor sans acid, followed by lemon, and then a hint of lemon/lime peel.  The advice to serve this on ice would definitely prevent some of the peel taste, providing a more balanced and refreshing taste and finish most likely.  Like the Radler, this would be appropriate pool-side, at the beach, or on the patio.

Mouthfeel

This is more syrupy than the Dos Equis Lager on the mouthfeel as the result of the agave nectar.  The slight carbonation would be enhanced by following the directions of putting it on ice.

Overall

As I stated in my video, the Dos-A-Rita can definitely serve its purpose for those who want the flavor of a margarita without either the effort of mixing one or the alcohol involved.  While the product is definitely not suited for me (or others who do not mind mixing their own cocktails), some might be able take the beverage another step forward and use it as a base for margaritas or other cocktails.  I would like to see larger serving sizes, as this would work better if it came in a larger container for gatherings.

Dos-A-Rita