While teaching and coaching speech in Los Angeles, I started picking up a Tombstone pizza and a tall bottle of Rolling Rock Extra Pale Ale. At this time, I refused to allow any alcohol in the house on a regular basis, so I would only pick up a bottle once a week on the way home from a late night tournament. While I tried a few others, Rolling Rock was my beer of choice for years. At the time, it was the lightness of the beer that I preferred; other beers (all faded from memory) were simply too heavy. I rarely own up to my Rolling Rock origins, preferring to share the following instead.
Fast forward to June of 2000 and I’m visiting former speech and debate students from LA who were in Chicago. We decided to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight, so we whiled away the hours at Bennigan’s downtown on Michigan Ave. Packed because the local jazz festival had just finished, we waited elbow to elbow near the bar for a table. I ordered a Blue Moon (a Coors product but I didn’t know that at the time). It was cold, fresh and well served; after my first taste, I held the shaker pint of beer up to the light. Contemplating this sunset orange beer that glistened from the late afternoon summer sun, I distinctly remember a thinking these words: I wonder if there are any other good beers in the world like this?
According to my Taste Database, I returned to Chicago on January 3rd, 2009 to add Blue Moon to my list. It only seemed right to return to the same Bennigan’s, site of the original epiphany. To my surprise, I’ve never reviewed Rolling Rock or Blue Moon on BeerAdvocate, so I will do that and reflect upon my findings for a future post.
birth of a beer obsession (part 2)
birth of a beer obsession (part 3)