Beer Town: The Unsurprising Truth of Wal-Mart’s ‘Craft’ Beers

Beer Town: The Unsurprising Truth of Wal-Mart’s ‘Craft’ Beers

Our pals at NM Darkside Brew Crew are reporting that Nexus Brewery is planning to open a new location at Bridge and Broadway Boulevards. Owner Ken Carson says his plans for the spot include a smokehouse/barbecue joint and, naturally, another brewery. This is all still in the planning stages, so we’ll just have to wait

Our pals at NM Darkside Brew Crew are reporting that Nexus Brewery is planning to open a new location at Bridge and Broadway Boulevards. Owner Ken Carson says his plans for the spot include a smokehouse/barbecue joint and, naturally, another brewery. This is all still in the planning stages, so well just have to wait and see what develops.

Walmalt

And in duhnational news, it turns out Wal-Mart has a line of craftbeers.

Now, if youre an idiot, you may be surprised to find out that the worlds largest retail chains line of beers does not meet the definition of craftas laid out by the Brewers Association. According to the group, craft breweriesmust produce no more than 6 million barrels of beer per year in order to qualify.

The brewer that supplies Wal-Mart with the likes of Cats Away IPAand After Party Pale Aleis, according to a Fox News article, owned by Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican company that produces approximately one bazillion barrels of beer under the brand names Labatt, Pilsen, Bavarian, etc.

I dont know who out there is buying their microbrewsfrom Wal-Mart, but knock it off!

Pub Stop

Its been a while since I stopped by the Sawmill district, so this week I took the family out to Ponderosa Brewing (1761 Bellamah Ave. NW).

Theres been some remodeling since the last time we were theregone is the childrens play area, much to my daughters disappointment.

The main dining room now has the typical brewery-style communal picnic table seating, as well as some private tables for those who dont want to touch elbows with drinkers who havent made their acquaintance.

Bellamah Brown, 5% ABV 30 IBU: A graham-cracker-like crispness and a touch of toffee make this a brown worth seeking out. Light mouthfeel for the style and an easy-drinking ABV.

Spanglish, 5.5% ABV 161 IBU: This crisp golden lager is imminently drinkable and my personal favorite of the lineup. Maybe it even helps support hard-working immigrants when you drink it! Probably not, but its worth a try.

Sour Brown, 6.6% ABV 10 IBU: I hate sour beers, and I hated this beer, so that probably means its good if you like sour beers. Seriously though, I admire the distinct acidophilus-like flavor of the house-culture even if I didnt actually enjoy it. And I wound up drinking the whole thing and it got better with every sip, so thats a good sign, both for the beer and my expanding palate.

Nickolaus Ginger Lager, 5.0% ABV 30 IBU: A mild, slightly malty lager with some interesting spice choices. The ginger is strong and combines with orange peel into a flavor not unlike juniper berries.

Amber, 5.5% ABV 25 IBU: Theres nothing fancy about this ale, its just a solid example of the style with caramelly malt and quiet hops. And theres nothing wrong with that.

Until next time, drink happily and be safe!

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