This Tin Woman Has Heart: Bombshell Blonde Ale

“I shall take the heart,” returned the Tin Woodman;
“for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” – Wizard of Oz

Lots of people think beer in a can has no heart and brings paltry happiness. If you think of a can of beer, what is the first thing that comes to mind? You probably think of some crappy beer like Bud, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Keystone Light, or Milwaukee’s Best. This doesn’t have to be the case. There are wonderful craft beers available in cans.

Bottle snobs can stop reading here. I love to drink a good beer while boating, by the pool, on the golf course, camping or while riding my bike around town, but I don’t want to bring glass bottles on these outings because I know it’s inevitable that I’ll drop a bottle and it will result in shards of glass stuck in someone’s bare foot or bare something even more precious. I’m always on the lookout for good beer in a can.

Bombshell Blonde American Blonde Ale from Southern Star Brewing Company is just that. Southern Star is a new brewery, started in 2008 with a 10,000 square foot facility in Conroe Texas. They make four different brews including a “ProAm” that is exactly what you think it is – a beer made in association with a home brewer. Pretty cool stuff. Southern Star has a fairly limited distribution, so if you are lucky enough to live in a big city in Texas like Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or  College Station or in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio or South Carolina, look for it in your favorite beer specialty shop.

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The logo on the can caught my eye in the beer shop.  A blond cowgirl in a mini-skirt straddling a Texas star emblazoned missile looking like a cowboy’s fantasy answer to Slim Pickens’ character Major T. J. “King” Kong in Dr. Strangelove. God if the wind would just blow that skirt up a little higher. Yeah, I had to buy the beer just for the label. Was it worth it? Hell yeah.

Look A golden blonde vixen with amber highlights, just like the hottie on the can. The beer is hazy with fine bubbles that loft into a light, off-white silky head about a finger-width deep.
Smell The scent of that darling cowgirl’s hair after a roll in the hay; sweet corn, malt, daffodils and toasted oats in a mild, pining breeze.
Taste I’d kiss this taste right off her lips. Carmel, French bread, malty with a very slight hit of hops in a creamy smooth ale. Its light enough to drink on a hot summer day and rich enough to accompany a meal.
Price $8 for a sixer

This canned beer is no Tin Woodman. She has heart, and by the looks of that low-cut blue blouse, she has a lot of heart. Give it a try.

What craft brew do you buy in a can? What are you drinking?

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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