It’s Canada Day long weekend and where are we? Auburn Hills, Michigan. Shopping. Hooray! The only bright side to this trip was we went to eat at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, a monstrous restaurant with a guitar shaped bar, cars on the walls and a mechanical bull. We’ve been there before and loved it, and besides, it’s in the mall so we didn’t have to go too far.
So looking at the beer menu when we sat down, there were only 3 draughts we had never heard of before (Mark got the Milkshake Stout, I got the other two) and a ton of ‘Merican beers in bottles, all of which I’ve had and none of which I wanted to pay for. When the waitress came by to take our drink order, I asked “what’s the 312?” She only got out “it’s a wheat..” before I cut her off and said I’d take it. Rude Canadians!
When it came, I was surprised that a wheat beer would be so clear. It certainly smelled like a wheat beer, though. There is no doubt about that. It came with a lemon for some reason….I don’t do fruit in beer unless it’s brewed that way. I took a sip and all I could smell was the damn lemon, so, not thinking, I knocked it in the jar. At that point, I’d gone too far, I couldn’t take it out, there may be residual beer on there that would go to waste.
It was really light at first with subtle fruitiness and a little hop in the background. Didn’t leave a nasty aftertaste at all. Then, after about 2/3 of it, it started to taste like something different. Something I couldn’t put my finger on, but a taste and smell that reminded me of a certain yakisode I had back in my school days (yakisode, a word I made up that moment that I think Julie is still laughing at, pretty much means what you think it does). I still can’t think of what that flavour is.
Regardless of the yakisode memories, this was a great beer. I wish I could have it in a bottle, maybe at that point it will be cloudy, like the description on their website says.