Monday, February 25, 2008
The can says, "Golden Quality Since 1851". And I'm inclined to believe it.
The history of Stag beer is a long and storied one, but since I'm no historian I'll just get down to the nitty gritty. When it comes to your cheap domestics*, Stag is a good way to go. It sets itself apart from its cheapie/Old Man brethren by the(severe) lack of sugary taste; that is, you pretty much just get the hops and barley and water. You wouldn't get that shitty headache feeling after drinking 8-12 of these bad boys on a hot summers day, or winters day if that be the case. It also has less hangover potential, as far as I can tell. It's got a slightly more robust flavor than the other cheap beers it gets lumped in with, and it definitely surpasses any Miller product I've ever had. I can't explain it, but somehow this product is frowned upon by both hipsters and young rednecks alike in the SOIL area(one group claims it tastes like "deer piss", the other has found the lack of cool logo patches/buttons/belt buckles stylishly unacceptable. Try to guess which is which!). Basically, if aliens landed tomorrow and wanted to know what "cheap, decent-tasting beer" was, I'd sling 'em a Stag.
*That is if you're lucky enough to live in the St. Louis/Metro east area, since you're not gonna find it anywhere else unless you make a special order.