My dad is not a beer drinker. He’s not really a drinker at all, but when he is on vacation he loves to let loose. Rick Martin is one of the most laid back, friendliest people you could ever meet. He has never met a stranger (I apologize to the lovely couple who sat with us at a hibachi table at Fuji Yama). Ben thought it would be great to brew my dad a beer for my parents’ week long vacation in Grand Rapids. “Don’t make it hoppy or dark,” my dad requested. So here is the partial mash recipe Ben followed:4LBS 6 Row
2 LBS Flaked Corn
2 LBS Flaked Rice
1 oz Saaz hops
Wyeast American Ale 1056
and 2 LBS of Golden Light LME
I picked my parents up at the airport at 9:30am. My dad cracked open his first Livin La Vida Loca Cream Ale at noon, after we enjoyed a fantastic breakfast at Wolfgang’s.
Here is Ricky Martin’s critique of his beer:
Aroma: Sweet, citrusy
Color: dark straw, mountain honey
First thing you taste: citrus, especially lemon
Aftertaste: none, very smooth, can’t taste the alcohol
Perfect time to drink it: warm Summer afternoon-very refreshing
Food pairing: anything off of the grill
Overall: B+, would definitely buy it at the store
All in all, my dad really enjoyed the beer. He also found his new favorite beer, Bell’s Oberon.