What's in the fridge?

What’s in the fridge – Day three

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In beer circles I’ve noticed that 4 Pines seems to get a bit of hate. Not sure that I understand why, unless it’s just because they’ve managed to find their way into a lot of bottle shop beer fridges.

There does seem to be an equation favored by some beer fans and that is “scarcity = quality”. If a beer is somehow hard to get, whether through it being a limited release or only put on tap and not in bottles, the fact that it is hard to get seems to make it more desirable. But a beer that’s right there in the beer fridge every time you go to a bottle shop, well, that can’t be very good.

At least that’s my guess about what’s happening with the 4 Pines hate. Unless it’s some weird claim that they’re not “real craft beer”, which is an argument I’m not going to get into because I don’t define beer by using the “c” word any more. I prefer to use the phrase “good beer”.

And for me 4 Pines is good beer. Not all of it – I’m no fan of their kolsch, but that’s because I’m no fan of kolsch in general (I just don’t get what the big deal with that style is). But their hefeweizen is good beer. This is a nice entry-level hefe. There’s enough banana flavour happening to interest newbies but not so much as to put them off.

But I’m not a newbie and I still like to drink this, because sometimes you don’t want some fancypants beer full of crazy ingredients. Sometimes your taste buds get worn out by that and they just want a simple, well-constructed beer. And that’s what we have here.

Would I drink it again?: I certainly hope so, yes.

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