I've seen 'build your own six-packs' at high-end grocery stores, and certain package stores, but when I was at Kroger's today and saw that they too offered this option, I got VERY excited!
I decided to treat my wife (who LOVES beer) to a blind taste sampling of six premium beers.
I selected six beers and used the provided six-pack cardboard case to bring 'em home!
I selected a few I have tried, and a few new ones. I wasn't sure if my wife had tried any of them.
I labeled them 1-6, and poured a small amount in each of our glasses before bringing them to her on the couch. I had a pad of paper and pen, and just asked her what she thought about each one. She gave me some nosing and tasting notes, a reference to her favorite "everyday" beer (Shiner Bock), and then I had her grade each on a 10pt scale and tell me how much she'd pay for each one.
1) Shiner Frost
Notes: Smells light with a light color. Tastes like an ale, spicy and very tasty. It doesn't feel 'heavy', but comes across as a light and spicy heffeweisen.
Would pay $8.50/six-pack
2) Newcastle Brown Ale
Notes: Dark in color, with a sweet smell. Very smooth, medium body with almost no aftertaste. Similar to Shiner Bock, but sweeter.
Would pay $7/six-pack
Notes: Light in color, with a not so good smell. Very strong on the tongue, very little finish. Sour notes. Very 'blah'. Tastes like Coors Light with a little more taste.
Would pay $4.50/six-pack
4) Dundee Honey Brown
Notes: Amber color, with the smell of an amber bock. Tastes of almonds, sweet, but kinda boring (consistent). Pleasant taste with a smooth finish. Easily drinkable, and very enjoyable.
Would pay $6/six-pack
5) Spaten Optimator
Notes: Intensely dark in color, nearly opaque. Pleasant aroma. Delicious taste, nutty aftertaste with a spicy finish. A very hearty beer, nearly a meal substitute. This beer is one to drink when you just want to drink a beer.
Would pay $10.50/six-pack
6) Negro Modelo
Notes: Amber in color, and tastes like an amber bock (VERY similar to Shiner Bock). Very smooth, with little aftertaste.
Would pay $7/six-pack
After the tasting, each of us picked our favorite beer and CHEERS!