Well, I must have moved again because that seems to be the only time I ever update this blog. And yes, I did move. Guam is my new home- another tour overseas, another island (this makes three for three, for those counting … Navy).
Oh, tropical islands and beer. You two are made for each other and yet you don’t get along in any meaningful way. Dark beers are shunned and hoppy beers and destroyed. I’m left with pale lagers … not pilsners, which I would love, but pale lagers. Those ubiquitous beach club beers that are solely used as a cold way to buzz the tourists before they move on to silver rum cocktails.
It’s been difficult finding beer worth a damn (if you hadn’t figured that out already). There are a small number of bars that have a solid tap list, yet the most interesting beers are the ones you don’t waste your money on since they didn’t make it here intact. My quest for a good beer won’t end anytime soon, but I have found the white flag and I’m ironing it so when it is time to give up at least it’ll be nice and crisp (unlike any of the beers I’ve had so far … zing!)
So what am I to do? Well, right now I’m writing a blog about my sadness. Other than that, I am drinking plenty of rum and whiskey. I like rum and whiskey. But I love beer. Le sigh.
Lets get to the point of this blog, which is actually supposed to be a happy post. Because I did find a good beer that hadn’t been beaten and bloodied beyond recognition.
De Ranke XX Bitter (now the blog title makes sense, yeh?) is a sip of fresh beer. It’s floral and bright citrus, it’s layered with healthy coriander, pepper, and a little heat and it’s steadied by some solid biscuit malt is like warm sunshine on my shoulders. It hasn’t been turned into a sweet cardboard mess.
The only downer is I bought one bottle when I should have bought them out.