When Joe Meyer saw the word “smoked” on the can, he quickly picked this beer up and brought it to the tabernacle, all the way from Cleveland, Ohio. Exemplary ministry officiant behavior. And I give thanks. It’s great when brewers make an effort to clue in the customer into what they are looking at by writing it on the label, and it’s disappointing how often brewers fail at that task. One clue that nobody picked up was that “Zero” was referring to the alcohol by volume. Can you believe that? There is no alcohol in this beer. Nevertheless, the can still has the warning written to pregnant car drivers on the side, safety first. Caution aside, Upon the first sip I was amazed that this was a non-alcoholic beer. After four or five sips, yeah, it became evident that his beer was just a bit different, but I bet you 5 out of 7 people would never know that this was abv. 0%. I have actually had one other non-alcoholic smokebeer before, technically, low-alcohol beer, at 1.2%. But that’s for another post. Today we celebrate The Bottle House Brewery for making a smokebeer that doesn’t have alcohol and also isn’t awful. And speaking of celebrating, Is your name Donald McKenzie? Food writer from Canada. Today, SBM celebrates you. Reply at your leisure for your free t-shirt. (yes, an unusual way to communicate, but let’s see what happens). You’re the top fan, congrats. Final score for Zero Mile = 5 smokestacks of sobriety.
|Brewer||The Bottle House Brewing|
|Beer Name||Zero Mile Smoked Lager|
|Brewer’s Description||Not really interested in talking about this one I guess. Too bad.|
|Food Pairings||Chicken sandwiches|
|Brewer Location||Cleveland, Ohio|
|Alcohol content by volume||0%|
|IBU||some post said 33, I’m skeptical|
|Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark)||3.75|
|Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns)||4.5|
|Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks||5|
|Sausage detection? Y or N||Y|
|Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil)||5|
|Foaminess 1-7 (thin ring – rabid dogs mouth)||1.75|
|Overall Happiness Rating: 1-7 (low – high)||5|
The bottle house website is kinda clunky, idunno, maybe I’m too demanding.