Last week we were inundated with rain Monday through Thursday so naturally, on the fifth day we golfed. Much like w/ shooting pool, bowling or throwing darts I get better at golf w/ beer(sliding scale…) so I wanted to make sure we were equipped.
We stopped by Tasty Beverage in downtown Raleigh, raided their singles fridge for cans of NC goodness and headed to the course. Will and I then drafted each beer based on how we each did on the most recent hole so we each had three. This is an account of how those beers fared on the course as they were much more interesting than the level of play.
Raleigh Brewing – Moravian Rhapsody – Czech Pilsener – 5.7% ABV
Great start to my round. Very bright and crisp w/ a subtle breadiness. I believe the first word out of my mouth was “crushable”. You can taste the Saaz hops you want in this style. I’m 1 for 1.
French Broad – Gateway – Kolsch – 5.3% ABV
Unlike my golf game, my beer choosing is firing on all cylinders at this point. The Gateway is another crisp, clean, refreshing beverage for being outside in the sun. Slight sweetness from the malt and again that German hops coming though. I’m 2 for 2 at this point.
Triangle Brewing – India Pale Ale – 5.7% ABV
IPAs are all about balance and while this one has all the elements it needs the only thing that came through was a sweetness/souring that overtook the bitterness of the hops. This is where my two games reversed course and switched places. My golf game was looking up, but this IPA was a poor choice.
Mother Earth Park Day – Bohemian-Style Pilsner – 4.9% ABV
This opening salvo for my round would’ve been better if I’d waited until the third hole of the round, but only because by then it was perfectly sunny and Park Day mixing with a sunny day outdoors is better than ideal. The only issue? My game didn’t come close to matching the quality of the Pils. It’s a perfectly drinkable session-type beer that has a crisp, light feel to it while giving you enough of an old-school BEER, MAN bite to it. Noon is an ideal time to drink this beer.
Fullsteam Cackalacky – Ginger Pale Ale – 5.0% ABV
Is this the perfect golf beer? It might be. Not necessariliy for everyone because you’ve got to love ginger to make this work. And it doesn’t have the full-blown light-beer flavor you need sometimes for a hot-as-mess North Carolina summer afternoon. But Cackalacky, brewed in collaboration with the famous hot-sauce makers in Chapel Hill, has enough of a bite to keep you fresh while working light enough as a daggum delightful golf beer. At this point my golf game was so trainwrecked that I forgot to take a picture of the Cackalacky.
Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback – IPA – 4.9% ABV
As a guy who drinks a lot of IPAs, it was a weird feeling to dip into the lighter realm for the first of the golfing round and then circle back to the Pinner. It’s a lighter IPA, just mildly hopped up, but it felt like a heavy influx of hops given the pair of beers that went before it. Having said that, what a fantastic IPA for golfing. Not too heavy on the hops and the opposite of a malt bomb. It fit superbly in here and probably should’ve been ranked higher, except it feels like pounding this on a sweltering day would be tough. (Also, I felt bad getting the three best beers. Sorry, Bronce.) Having said all that, my game turned around when I started hitting the Pinner, including a birdie on the back nine (No. 11) and a couple of decent birdie looks on 13 and 15 that turned into three-jack botchjobs. Don’t blame the beer, blame the game.
Overall Results – As you see from the order above, Fullsteam’s Cackalacky won out with its signature hint of Ginger. Looking back, it was almost an unfair fight going in as we were looking for beers in the sun and a Pale Ale with Ginger as an ingredient is akin to being spotted a stroke a hole.