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Against the Grain – A Beer

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Against the Grain Brewery is so offbeat with its product naming that, when I first encountered A Beer, I thought they’d run out of ideas. They hadn’t. It’s actually the perfect name for this approachable, easy-drinking pale ale. It’s one of those beers that even the most stubborn Corporate Light drinker will have to admit is pretty darn tasty.

It was made for those folks who still want to walk up to the bar and say, “I’ll have a beer.” Except in this case, it’s A Beer. At 4.5 percent alcohol by volume, it’s easy to have a few without getting tipsy, but there’s hop quality as evidenced by the 42 IBUs. And Against the Grain doesn’t care if you call it a session IPA or an American pale ale, so long as you drink it. In a way, it’s kind of the perfect beer – not as appropriate a name as A Beer, but still. Hey, I’m just glad all the good beer names haven’t been taken yet.