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Day #168 – Shiner Ruby Redbird

June 18, 2011

Today is going to be a great day. It’s a beautiful day outside (albeit hot) and tonight is the start of Drum Corps season! For those of you that do not know, Drum Corps International is an organization made up of several drum corps. These drum corps can have up to 150 members that either play a brass or percussion instrument, or are members of the color guard. Each group travels around the country during the summer months and competes with other groups like them. At the end of the season all the corps compete in the World Championships. I was a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps for 2 seasons in 2005 and 2006. In 2006 we won the world championship and it was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life! Today is the opening show of the season and they are holding it less than a mile from my house! In honor of drum corps season and summer officially arriving, I present a summer beer.

Shiner Ruby Redbird

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I have tried this beer numerous times already in both bottles and on tap, and it seems to be a “love it or hate it” kind of beer. After speaking with several individuals who enjoy it, the common thread seems to be that this beer would best be enjoyed outside on a scorching hot day. As it is currently 104 degrees outside my apartment I think today qualifies as a ripe opportunity to try this beer!

The Ruby Redbird is Shiner’s new summer seasonal and it is said to have been brewed with real Texas grapefruit and ginger. ABV is 4.2%.

Outside I go to pour this beer and it looks quite nice lounging in the grass next to me. I pop the top and pour it into the glass. It has a slightly hazy yellowish orange color and if you notice in the picture, no head. That’s right no matter how hard I tried, the head on this beer fizzled up and out as fast as it could. It was almost laughable how quickly the head disappeared.

The aroma is lots of grapefruit, almost pungent so. There is also a fair amount of ginger sweetness giving this beer an almost floral nose.

The flavor is exactly like the nose. Lots of tart grapefruit and soft ginger. I hate to say it but this reminds me of hand soap. Almost like a detergent taste.

Ok so I have tried this numerous times and have not liked it any time, but I will admit when you are outside in 104 degree weather, your mind is on other things beside the taste of this beer. So if you are to drink this, I’d recommend sweating beforehand.

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Go Green Machine!

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