Before the late, much-lamented Corner’s Beverage Shoppe closed its doors, and Richard went off on his European adventure, on Fridays he and I used to pick out a six-pack or two of new beers to sample over the weekend. One day we picked out a six-pack of Straub, and I’ve been a fan ever since. (Since Corner’s has gone away, I’ve been glad to learn that Straub also is carried by the New Albany Giant Eagle in its enormous “beer cave.”)
The label on the bottle advertises Straub as “honestly fresh,” and I think that is a very fair description. The brew is a light, quite tasty lager with good body, a clean, smooth taste, and no aftertaste.
Although I’ve only discovered it recently, Straub beer has been around since 1872. It is brewed in Pennsylvania — hey, I thought only Rolling Rock and Iron City came from the Quaker State! — and is a good example of the quality microbrewery offerings that can be found throughout America. And, in these days of high gas prices and penny-pinching economic uncertainty, when six-packs of some microbrew offerings are priced at $10 and above, Straub’s reasonable price is as refreshing as its beer. I’m glad Richard and I decided to try it during one of our weekend beer samplings.