A Shortly Before October Surprise

Now that the season has turned, it is good to see the return of an annual fall favorite, that being Saranac Pumpkin Ale. Although there are quite a few good pumpkin ales, this brew from F.X. Matt is the wassail the world was waiting for. A rich, carefully spiced brown ale that has become a distinctive, welcoming seasonal. In limited supply, this is worth pouncing on if sighted.
The folks over in Rochester, New York, who helped Matt Brewing after their fire last May, also have a very good seasonal gift. Dundee’s Oktoberfest is a delicious, modestly priced marzen style lager that is close to perfect for this time of year.
Lastly, (and this post is intended to be brief) I would like to mention a very happy surprise, and that is Budweiser American Ale. Everybody, including yours truly, has railed against much of Anheuser-Busch’s products. Oddly, it was more than a decade ago that A-B planned to make a Budweiser Ale, but shelved it, just before going into production, for fear, it was said at that time, of diluting the Budweiser brand.
Well after Bud Light Lime and the many fruit infused Michelob versions, making an all malt, dry hopped ale, seems quite in order. What was absolutely shocking, given Bud’s propensity to be middle of the road, that this is an ale of real character. Beer elitists will scoff at this giant corporation’s creation, but as The Beer Doctor, it is my job to report my honest reaction. This is quite good indeed.
I hope this brew becomes popular and successful. So instead of just taking up more shelf space with dubious, demographic invented creations, we will have one more good choice, of beer that is worth drinking.
“Blessings of your heart, you brew good ale.”
William Shakespeare
My only prayer is Thank You.



This is a beer doctor tribute to Miller High Life personality Windell Middlebrooks, the stocky and hilariously funny delivery man portrayed in Miller High Life commercials. I liked the target of these ads: why should national beer be overpriced? Miller High Life, a very famous brand of American beer, is the only one of two national brands (Pabst being the other) that keeps the price of their beer fairly reasonable.
You’ve seen the commercials: Windell shows up at some elitist spot and proceeds to cart all their High Life away. As happened at an overpriced, posh eatery, where Windell exclaims: “$11.50 for a hamburger? You got to be kidding!”
Whether it is a convenience store with jacked-up prices, or luxury sky boxes at a baseball stadium, Windell arrives with dollies on hand, to explain that they have lost their license to sell the High Life.
I know it is just a ploy by a corporate marketing team, but that does not erase its entertainment value. Mr. Middlebrooks persona is one of a no nonsense, reasonable man, who despite his large build, is very warm and friendly. This is very true of the personal appearances he has made on his marketing tour. An ambassador of goodwill to be sure. When I think of him, I can not help but smile. Hats off and cheers!