|The Mr. Beer kit bottles are useful, particularly for|
carbonating. The plastic does provide for an easier test
for carbonation. But there are drawbacks, too.
So all of that's a roundabout way to say that, simply for the sake of convenience, I'm switching to glass 12-oz bottles.
Of course, as with anything worth doing, there's more than one way to go about it. In this case, I do have the option of buying a case of bottles from the supplier. On the other hand, I could go to a local beer store (like CJ's in Potsdam) and buy the bottles there. Either way they need to be recapped. This second method is a bit more expensive per bottle, but then, as these more expensive bottles also come with beer inside them, there are definitely compensations.
|I didn't take this picture.|
The point being that, in beer -- as in life (or anything else worth pursuing) -- it never hurts to open your mind. You may well find that your prejudices and predilections have more to do with your own misinformed perceptions than anything resembling reality. Case in point, my beer horizons have expanded pretty dramatically since my days in college, when I enjoyed my Killians and Sam Adams and Guinness. I no longer go straight for the red ales and stouts when I'm looking for a good beer -- I now find I'm always on the lookout for a good IPA.
And on that note, the Lake Placid India Pale Ale is one that will always find a home in my refrigerator. It's strong enough to make its point, and smooth (and flavorful) enough to make me get a second. As a matter of fact, I do believe it may go very well with this evening's fireworks...