Pogs. Seriously, pogs.
How can you not love bringing that particular piece of the 90’s back? If you have no clue what I’m talking about, you clearly missed out on one of the greatest flash in the pan collectibles in the 3 decades: Pogs.
For the uninitiated, pogs started off as the cardboard caps on bottles of juice made by dairies in Maui, Hawaii. The name of the drink was an acronym of the juices mixed to make the beverage, passionfruit, orange, and guava.
An interesting game developed from them, in that you stacked the cardboard caps face up in a tower, and then you hit them as hard as you could with a larger heavier, plastic disk. This disk was known as The Slammer.
The point of the game was to flip as many pogs as you could face down. You collected the pogs that were face down, the remaining pogs were stacked again, and play passed to the next player. The person with the most pogs won.
I would love to know how many people that frequent Beat Culture remember what pogs were, much less actually had them. I had quite the collection, lost to time and the endless march of adulthood.
But here comes Beat Culture, roaring back with a wonderful trip down memory lane with Pog Slammer (Berliner Weisse, 6.3% ABV). What’s really funny is I’m write this article and look at the artwork on the can, knowing that there are going to be plenty of people assuming that the stack is exploding upward, and not being forced downward as it were.
There’s plenty of tropical fruits exploding from the deck as well, which makes perfect sense as this Berliner Weisse was inundated with copious amounts of that passionfruit, orange, and guava.
Let me reiterate once again my undying love for all things guava.
Anyway, the color is a hazy straw, and the aroma is a fragrant fruit salad. Seriously, because there’s massive interesting notes of orange and pineapple, almost like fruit salad at a breakfast buffet minus the maraschino cherries.
The flavor is twofold, because there is a tartness to the beer which is noticeable, but not heavy and not overpowering. It’s just enough to accentuate the fruit flavors and deliver a true citrus experience. No more, to avoid being faced melting, and no less to be unrecognizable.
Flavor-wise, it starts off with bright orange and peppy passionfruit, with a little bit of electric lemon zing. The true beauty of the beer is once you finish, the rest of the flavors subside, and in comes this beautifully grainy juicy guava that lingers for a considerable amount of time.
That’s where the true beauty of the beer is, and it’s amazing to watch evolve. It’s a beer that celebrates the fruits, not just throwing in adjuncts to get a different beer on the menu. It’s delicious, it’s fruity, and it does not drink like a 6.3% beer at all. This is definitely one I could enjoy over and over.
Unlike my pog collection, God knows what landfill that ended up in.
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