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Beer Review: Los Gigantes Lager from Anchor Brewing

los gigantes beerStyle(s): Mexican lager, light session beer

Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%

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Very few things scream summer as much as tailgating at a baseball game. The beer does not need to be anything crazy or special. More times than not, fancier beers distort the idea of a tailgate. The ability to sit back and session away a few beers is key. Bud, Miller, and Coors – among others – tend to dominate the tailgating scene. But if you’re looking for a craft alternative, Los Gigantes – a Mexican style lager from Anchor Brewing, is a great option.

Appearance is as expected. Los Gigantes pours a clear straw gold with a HUGE fluffy white head. Small aggressive bubbles stream up the glass. The beer looks almost cartoonish in that it looks just like a beer in a Macrobrew advertisement!

The nose was faint, which is to be expected with a lighter lager. Subtle wispy wheat/grain qualities were most dominant. It does not have the most pleasant or aggressive aroma, but it’s not off-putting. It is simply standard.

Los Gigantes delivers a crisp  punch on the tongue. This is a highly carbonated beer which goes down smoothly. It also has a spritz-y vibe that makes it super refreshing.

On the palate the beer followed the nose almost exactly. There is a strong wheat backbone with very subtle citrus notes. Though most of the qualities of the beer remind me of macro lagers like Bud, Miller and Coors, there is a little more depth to Los Gigantes. I am not one to add fruit to my beer, but a small slice of lime would take this beer miles farther.

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Compared to all other craft beers, this is not what would be considered to be a hot commodity. It’s not eccentric or clever enough, but that’s OK; it doesn’t have to be. At the end of the day simplicity is key, especially when it comes to lower alcohol beers. Though I may not be well versed in Mexican lagers, I feel fully confident saying this is a great brew to crush before, during or after a ball game.

Well recommended.

Ryan Moyer

 

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Los Gigantes (The Giants) is a joint product of Anchor Brewing and the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

Ryan Moyer is a graduate of Indiana University. His mission is to make the Midwest a safe haven of quality beers.

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Centerfield: A Review of Under the March Sun – The Story of Spring Training

March SunUnder the March Sun starts off well, before the author trips over his biases.   The first six chapters of what is basically a twenty-chapter book (prologue, eighteen chapters, and epilogue) provide a fine history of the creation of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) spring training camps.   The overview is at its strongest when detailing the efforts of a select few to integrate spring training in the southern, formerly Confederate, states.   Jackie Robinson is certainly given recognition for his role as a trailblazer, with a nod also being given to Curt Flood, among others.

In the first few chapters, the author appears to be fairly impartial, which leads the reader to trust the factuality of his reporting.   Sadly, the impartiality is lost in Chapter Seven entitled, “Red Sox Nation Flies South.”   Here, the author regales us with facts large and small concerning the greatness of Boston Red Sox fans.   He makes statements like this, “Citizens of Red Sox Nation give as freely of their purses as they do of their hearts…  There is little they won’t do for their team.”

Fountain also writes about improvements to Fenway Par, located in Boston rather than in Fort Meyers, begging the question of what exactly this has to do with spring training?   This out-of-place tribute to one team’s fans remains confusing until the reader notes on the book jacket that the author lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts – and then the bias becomes clear.   It would have been honest for the author to admit his strong bias in favor of a single team and its fan base in the otherwise unnecessary prologue but it didn’t happen.

The bottom line is, you are absolutely likely to love this book if you’re one of those fans who, in the author’s words, “wear some form of Red Sox cap…  bearing the distinctive red Boston B.”   If you happen to be a fan of the Giants, the A’s, the Dodgers or any MLB team not based in Boston, this book is unlikely to become an essential addition to your library.

By Charles Fountain, Oxford, $24.95, 271 pages.

This review was written by Joseph Arellano.   Reprinted courtesy of Sacramento Book Review.

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