|The new can design doesn't make me as tight in the pants, but the beer itself takes care of that.|
Back before Austin Beerworks opened their kettles for hard, pipe-hittin' brewing, one of the brewers invited me and several other friends to do a craft can share. In other words, a bottle share, sans bottles -- oh, and he was gonna bring all the hooch, so no worries, just show up, savvy? Why? Well, since ABW was going to be exclusively canning (12oz and 1,984oz cans), Mike wanted us to be convinced that aluminum cylinders were the ultimate in beer vessels. I don't know how he procured the massive stock of canned crafts from around the country -- I guess its the kind of thing that automagically happens to you when you are in the small brew industry -- but he had about two or three dozen samples for us to try. And if this prolonged intro is any indication as to what was in his treasure chest, then it should be no revelation to you that one of these delicacies was 21st Amendment's Hell or High Watermelon Wheat.
|The can that launched ships.|
Now, I'm not drawing any kind of comparisons to Watermelon Wheat and the Dew, but context has A LOT to do with this beer. Lazing by the pool, eating Green Chili Pork Tacos from Torchy's at the South Austin Trailer Park, disc golf ... you know, stoner shit, is EXACTLY the type of situation you want to get yourself into with this beer. Actually, go watch a Mountain Dew commercial, and its exactly all that shit, except their warm counterparts. Its completely refreshing -- not unlike a soft drink -- but lightly carbonated to still resemble something brewed with hops and grains. The watermelon flavor is well-distributed and finely balanced, and rewards you for being brazen enough to buy a six pack. While most fruit beers are always paired with that infamous tag line from the buyer -- "Well, this is good, but I can only really drink one of these things" -- Hell or High Watermelon Wheat is such a pleasant beer, that you will surely finish all of them in a single sitting as I did.
And given the azimuth of your misdeeds at the moment, this beer will rank very highly for you as it did for me.
Acquired: Pic 1: The Trail of Beers / Pic 2: ABW can share