In the last few years I have been introduced to local craft beer. Admittedly, I'm cheap and paying more for beer goes against my pocketbook. However, the old adage, "Ya get what ya pay for," really hits home when it comes to craft beers.
When you're young, broke and in need of a quick buzz, the most fiscally responsible thing to do was to get the Stroh's 30 pack (remember? I do, sorta). Now that I have a few (and I mean, a few) more dollars to invest in beer, I prefer getting the most for my delicious booze dollar.
And what better way than craft beer? What's more, there are so many local beer producers to support, that it's impossible to not find a beer that fits you.
Now remember, these brewers are our friends and neighbors, not some huge corporation. It's a good feeling to support the folks you know. Honestly, the folks who bring you these beers are MUCH more interested in how their product tastes to their customers than how much money they make.
With all that being said, let me introduce one of my favorites: Cane and Ebel. Made by the good folks at Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, Ill. From what the label tells me, this beer is red rye ale, brewed with Thai palm sugar. The resulting taste is a little malty and a little sweet.
I'm an avid hop-head. Part of the reason is that I like my flavors right up front, where I can keep an eye on them. This beer isn't an IPA (India Pale Ale) but the flavors are what I would call dramatic. It makes the cut with plenty of room to spare.
If you are new to the world of craft beers, I wouldn't recommend starting with this one. It's just too "in your face" for newbies. If you're a hop-head who is looking for something that is just as full-flavored but without the hops, this may just be the thing.
Rob Hawks is an Indianapolis-based beer and food blogger. He prefers the "every man and woman" approach mixing humor and straight talk to keep his readers up-to-date on delicious, craft beer.
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