Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Magic Hat Single Chair

"Golden Beer," it says on the Single Chair label, and I'm thinking, well, this is as about as exciting as it's gonna get. Truth be told, Single Chair is pretty light, but it might just be the ticket to get Uncle Freddy up Beer Mountain. Because the first sip is pretty tame, but by the second one, you're starting to realize that there's a twitchy zip of bitterness in there that you maybe missed the first time around. I'd have liked a bit more body, but it's not all bad. Give me a hot day, and I'd finish a couple of these. They're anchoring Magic Hat's summer assortment 12-pack, and it's worth it just to get to the Blind Faith IPA (do you remember Blind Faith? I sure do).

7 comments:

Lauren said...

Had this at the brewery this winter and wasn't too excited about it, but I agree with you - the more I drink it, the more I like it. Great summer beer. Agreed on the Blind Faith, I would have been happy with a 12 pack of that alone.

Lauren said...

Had this at the brewery this winter and didn't think much of it. But I agree with you, the more I drink it the more I enjoy it. It's a great summer beer.

And Blind Faith, I would be happy with a 12 pack of that alone.

Ric Grech said...

Sure I remember Blind Faith. Who wouldn't? My ears are still ringing.

As for magic hat, Never really cared for their beers, too fruity and zany. I dont need to get "used" to a summer beer, genny cream and lionshead are pleasing from the first one on...

sam k said...

And don't forget Liebotschaner Cream Ale...oh, wait...never mind.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I "heard" liebotschaner is coming back. and heard. and heard. and heard...

why give the customers what they want?

Lew Bryson said...

Pour it on, guys; I hope they're reading.

sam k said...

OK then, I'll take it a step further and mention their essentially killing one of the longest-lived porters on the planet (and that's not an exaggeration by any means). They claim they can't sell the stuff despite its practically selling itself without any help for oh, say the last forty or so years.

We were promised it as a seasonal, which would make it likely to sell better as a limited release, but that (like Lieb) was a lie, too.

Let's see, Bell's seems to sell a lot of their porter. Yuengling's does well in spite of a big price hike a couple years back. Stegmaier? An excellent, even world-class product at a reasonable price that even some geeks are clamoring for, and they just can't sell it! Waaaaaaah. Get a God-honest beer sales force already instead of more pretty faces.

No Brewhouse Bock this year, either, leaving the Lion without a spring seasonal. Great work guys...way to shore up your craft identity.

I've been a Lion backer for much of my adult life, and they're going out of their way to cast me off in favor of the Lionshead drinker (nothing against Lionshead, mind you). Good luck with that incredibly loyal demographic in the long run.

They keep actively advertising themselves as a contract craft brewer, while their own craft brands languish or are abandoned. Sad.