Saturday, June 4, 2011

???? Brewing Company Fat Weasel Ale

These Trader Joe's beers are confusing as hell. The label for the Fat Weasel Ale says its made by Steinhaus Brewing Company, but a quick AskJeeves search doesn't yield any website for any such SBC. Clicking through a few links I found that it might be made by Firestone Brewing Company, but they don't list it on their website. Finally, on the bottle, it says that it is made in New Ulm, MN, famous for ice fishing and hockey, but an Altavista search says that it is made in Paso Robles, CA. On New Ulm's Geocities page, it says that it is home to the August Schell Brewing Company, but on the ASBC website there is no mention of Fat Weasel! Someone is playing tricks on me here!! And I bet it is him.

Despite the lack of proper origin of the Fat Weasel Ale, I will now go on to tell you about its ups and downs, and actually, its mostly ups. First and foremost, this is a total party beer. Check out the weasel on the label. He has a pseudo-Hawaiian-80s shirt on, a sunhat, and is holding a stein, probably full of booze. And he has a fat belly! How cute! This mustelidae knows how to party. I can imagine kids at the University of Minnesota knocking back hundreds of these a night, or having kegs of it and doing "weasel stands." Because there is probably nothing to do at UMinn in the winter with all that snow, so kids just drink, similar to my alma mater, Penn State. We drank for no good reason in the summer too, but thats just us - a drinking town with a football problem. The thing is, it would be easy to knock back an infinite number of Fat Weasel Ales, as it is very light and crisp and easy-going. It tastes like any old cheap ale, but I wouldn't buy it again for its taste. It's only $5.99 a six pack and packs 7.1% ABV! Weasel stand anyone??!!

If you are on the lookout for a cheap ale that tastes OK but all you really wanna do is get wasted and have a good time, pick up the Fat Weasel Ale. And while you're buying it at TJs, get a bag of the peanut butter pretzel bites. Holy shit are those good.

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 4/10
Value: 8/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10
Overall: 6.25/10

1 comment:

  1. Stuff looks like water!
    Also, you should look into chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels!

    nice review