I visited my friends' store yesterday, and found that they had made some convenient little seasonal mixes. I'm a sucker for a mix-a-six. So I picked one up, as well as a 12 of the Sierra Nevada Summer Camp mix.
Having friends who own a liquor store is proving to be a VERY mixed blessing!
Anyhow, I was most interested in the Newcastle Werewolf and Magic Hat Hex, but am coming off a bad cold, so my palate is all effed up. They both tasted o.k., but I couldn't help but feel that I was missing half of the actual flavor. DAMN YOUSE, STUPID HEAD COLD!!!
My friend and I also had an interesting conversation about the gimmickiness of most seasonal beers (he was talking about how one of the reps they deal with was actively dissing the seasonal offering, while saying, "It sucks, but people buy it by the truckload."). Me, I'm always up to try one - I know it's a gimmick, but there are so many beers out there, trying something new once or twice a season feels like a fun gamble. Unless it's truly horrible, hey - it was still a beer.