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First off, let me note that I am new to beer drinking. Probably traces back to the time I was 4 or 5. My folks took me and my sister on a trip around the western states. While in Colorado, we stopped by the Coors brewing facilities. That smell of rotting (okay, fermenting) hops stayed with me for a very, very long time.

Fast forward to 19 and working at a pizza chain in my hometown. I’d work bar on occasion and one night decided to down a half pitcher of American-brewed pisswater. I found out a few things. I have a very low tolerance for alcohol. Certain things should not be attempted while under the influence of said alcohol. And, I still thought beer tasted pretty rank.

Fast forward another twenty years. Yes, twenty. I’m pushing forty. We’re having a family get together and my brother-in-law has ordered a Widmere Hefeweizen. I tried a taste. WOW! What is this stuff? It actually is consumable. Real good stuff. The wife likes it, too.

We decide to pick some up the next time we go shopping. We enjoyed the six pack we got, so we decide we’d pick up a big case the next time we’re at Costco. Except, Costco does not sell the widmere. They do, however, have some Weinhards. We pick up a case. Note: Not all hefes are the same. HW was rather bitter. Too much bite. Did not like.

I noted my findings to some coworkers. They suggested I try a Blue Moon. Not a true hefeweizen, but is a Belgian wheat beer. The flavour of the  Blue Moon made the Widmere taste like a Weinhards. The Blue Moon was refreshing and without a bite. And now I’m finding that I may have a taste for beer.

This all brings me to the title of this post. The wife and I are in Costco. I see that Costco has their own line of beer under the Kirkland name. After making fun of the concepts, I actually check out the case. It has 4 types: A German Lager, an Amber Ale, a Pale Ale, and a Hefeweizen. At about $18.50 for 24 bottles and Costco’s return policy, I figure I can’t really go wrong here. And I was right. At least, so far. I popped the top to the German Lager. WOW. Really liked that one. And now I’m looking forward to trying the other three kinds of beer in the case.


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