If you had only three working taps, what beers would you serve and why?
I found this to be a particularly challenging question, not only because it is difficult to pick only three with all of the amazing beers available today, but also because it really depends on objectives of the purveyor. At The Beer Market (soon to be known as “Beerhead Bar”) on the North Shore we pride ourselves on introducing our guests to something new each visit, and making learning about beer a fun and tasty adventure. If I could only offer 3 beers, the below would be my choices based on our mantra…. “Drink Good Beer. Be Happy”:
- Stout- Victory Brewing Donnybrook Nitro Stout
- Light Lager/ Pilsner- Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
- IPA- Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
When choosing the above I wanted to have an option for light beer drinkers, hop heads and, of course, those that love a traditional malty, roasty smooth beers.
I picked Victory Donnybrook because it’s a traditional style beer reminiscent of an old world beer and culture, but with modern day panache. Everyone can think back to when they had their first Guiness, for example, and it always brings back fond memories. The Donnybrook is a step up — reminding you of a classic but enticing you to stay current.
Because of the wide availability of the macro-beers, you will always encounter those that won’t deviate from the light, crisp beer they have come to know. I chose Mama’s Little Yella Pils because it is a very approachable Pilsner and still has what we call, “craft-cred.” It’s not overly hopped. Just light, crisp, refreshing and to the point. I have used this beer to convert several of my friends and family members into the craft world and since then they have branched out even further.
Finally, it is undeniable that Americans have developed a taste for hops and that nice bitterness in beer. Currently, the sales of this style still trumps any other. To represent IPAs, I would offer Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. It has very nice hop flavor and aroma but does not overdo it yet it has enough to satisfy the “hop head.” Whether you prefer east or west coast IPAs, everyone can agree on Bell’s Two Hearted.
-Cassie Cormack, The Beer Market/Beerhead Bar Pittsburgh, Beer Pro