I’m a huge fan of Ernest Hemingway and any beer that purports to honor him easily grabs my attention.
Bell’s brewery makes some great beer down south in Michigan’s lower Peninsula. A few weeks ago, I was in Marquette’s Landmark Inn when I happened upon a Bell’s Sales Rep at that bar. He sung the praises of their Two Hearted Ale and his car bore the personalized license plate, “Hopslam”
So, I had to try it and I must admit I’m a big fan of their Two Hearted. Hemingway used to travel to the U.P. to fish in the Two Hearted River near Seney, in the Upper Peninsula’s east end. This hoppy beer weighs in at 7% alcohol, but you’d never know it. It has a nice floral aroma and a bitter taste that will appeal to Hop Heads everywhere.
Last night, I came across a 6-pack of Hopslam at Town & Country Liquor in Hurley, Wisconsin. (Even in the face of a population that only wants Busch Light, proprietor Dave Lundin tries his best to sell some distinctive brands. A six pack of Hopslam goes for 13.99 – that’ll grab you attention!
Tonight I lined up a glass of Spaten from my home Kegerator, a glass of Two Hearted and a glass of the Hopslam to try side-by-side-by-side.
The Spaten Lager was my “control.” Obviously, it has light aroma and little hop bite. Smooth and clean – like a Lager should be. The next taste was from the Two Hearted – lots of floral, good hoppy bite and bitterness. I found the Hopslam more floral in bouquet, but smoother in taste.
The Hopslam has 10% alcohol and the Two Hearted comes in at 7%. For my taste, I like the challenge of the Two Hearted on my taste buds. Granted, I might not drink all 6 in one sitting, but it’s a beautiful contrast to my beloved German lagers. The Hopslam – I think its a tad overrated and not worth the extra money. I’ll stay with the Two Hearted Ale!