This weekend it was pretty cold, not as cold as it should be this time of year, but it was still pretty cold. I have a case of this beer that I have been keeping in my garage. I picked it up when I was in Ohio visiting my inlaws last time. It is probably one of my favorite cold weather beers and the fact that it is made by the oldest brewery in America makes it even better.
I was introduced to Yuengling several years ago when they expanded their market into Ohio. I have been waiting patiently for them to move into Michigan, but it seems that is never going to happen. There was talk of them making the move this year, but I have since heard they decided to expand their distribution in a South West direction instead.
With the majority of focus being on craft beers these days, it is nice to know that a brewery that has been around this long is sticking to what they do best. I have heard that they make a really decent Oktoberfest, but I haven't had the opportunity to try it myself yet. It is a shame because Oktoberfests/Marzens are probably some of my most favorite beers.
I am ashamed to say I have never had a true black and tan, but if they are anything like this mix by Yuengling then I would be more than happy to try one. In my opinion it is the perfect balance of heavy and light, the beer has a lot of body and a rich flavor without veering too much towards the coffee notes that a lot of dark beers can have.
@mrsbozz asked if it was okay if we grilled out on Saturday and I was more than happy to oblige because that meant I got to sit in my garage and enjoy a couple (or 4) of these. As I mentioned it was cold enough outside that I didn't even need to refrigerate the beer. I simply pulled it out of the 12 pack, twisted off the cap and started to enjoy it. This beer is actually one of the exceptions to my belief that dark beer tastes better when it is just a little warm.
If you ever get the chance to try it out, you definitely should!