Welcome back to my week-long journey into the wonderful world of craft beers. American Craft Beer Week is May 15th through May 21st and each night I’ll be selecting a different craft beer to review. For the sake of journalistic integrity, I will be consuming each beer immediately prior to reviewing it. In fact, I may have 2 or 3 just to make sure that I get it right.
I’ll preface this by saying that I am by no means a beer expert. If you’re looking to hear about how the beer has hints of grapefruit, or what the “mouthfeel” is, you’ve come to the wrong place. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to bring that type of insight, I’m just letting you know now that I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about. I can tell you what I like and I can tell you what I don’t like. After that, you’re own your own to form your own opinions. Now without further ado, let’s review some beers.
We’re staying in the great state of Ohio for beer number two. Jackie O’s is a brewery located in Athens, OH, which is where I spent four of the best years of my life while attending Ohio University.
The Brewery: Jackie O’s
The Beer: Firefly Amber
I find it ironic that I spent four years at OU and yet I didn’t discover Jackie O’s until well after I had graduated and left Athens. It’s kind of like living in a house all your life and then moving away and finding out that the new owners discovered $1,000,000 buried in the basement shortly after you moved. Granted, back then, I was more about quantity over quality. “You’re telling me I can get a 30 pack of Keystone Light or a 6 pack of some craft beer I’ve never heard of for the exact same price?” To me, it was a no brainer at the time. Oh how young and naive I was.
Now that my tastes are a bit more refined, I can actually appreciate a solid craft beer like Jackie O’s Firefly Amber. This amber ale is a much lighter offering than my previous selection, but it is still big on flavor. I think this beer is much better suited for mass appeal. It’s easy to drink and I found it to be very enjoyable as well. It still has some hints of bitterness but it’s not nearly as extreme as an IPA. Jackie O’s describes their Firefly Amber as having a biscut-like finish combined with a mild citrus taste and aroma. My palate isn’t quite sophisticated enough to pick up on all of that, so I’ll just go ahead and tell you this is a damn good beer, particularly for anyone who may be new to the craft beer scene.
If you find that the Firefly Amber isn’t for you, I would highly recommend Jackie O’s other offerings. They have a wide range of beers to fit just about anybody’s tastes. It’s a shame I was not more in tune with the craft beer world while I was at OU because I would have definitely taken advantage of living so close to such an awesome brewery. Although, on a college kid’s budget, maybe that was for the best. Join me again next time for part 3 of my American Craft Beer Week series! And as always, if you like what you see be sure to hit that like button and leave us a comment!