“If You’re Gonna Play In Texas, You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band.”
The music group ‘Alabama’ nailed this line. Well, if by “Fiddle”, they meant Shiner Beer. I’m pretty sure that’s what they were going for, but I can’t be entirely positive, as I don’t actually know the band.
The moral of the story is: If you’re gonna have a beer brewed in Texas, it should probably be a Shiner brew.
Here’s what went down.
I stopped to pick up a new beer to try, it’s the recurring theme of my life, and this caught my eye. It was a quick glance, and at first I thought it was called ‘Wicked Ham’. There was no way I wasn’t picking up a beer named ‘Wicked Ham’. I pulled it off of the top shelf to find out it was Shiner ‘Wicked Ram’. I mean, Shiner does make the beer ‘Prickly Pear’, so Ham definitely could a been a thing. Okay, no problem, I didn’t feel like putting it back anyway.
It turns out, this is Shiner’s first foray into the world of IPA’s, which is amazing considering they’ve been around for over a hundred years. Game on Shiner, game on.
For their first IPA, they did a pretty darn good job. ‘Wicked Ram’ doesn’t pop you in the mouth with hops, but you get a nice bite every now and then. It’s a fairly easy drinking IPA, which you need sometimes, especially with all the palate wrecking “hop bomb” beers out there. ‘Wicked Ram’ clocks in at 6%, so feel free to enjoy a few of them in one sitting, like I did…
The Straight Hops: 3 out of 5 Kegs