Golf Beer :: The Taste Test

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What do you get when you cross three tour pros with malted barley? Golf Beer, of course.

Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson recently teamed-up to create their own signature craft beers, which are now on-sale in Florida with plans afoot for expanding into other markets in the US and beyond.

During a recent visit to G-Mac’s Nona Blue Tavern in the ‘Sunshine State’ - a seriously cool place, incidentally - I decided to put the beers to the taste test. It's tough job but someone has to do it, right?

Which one was my favourite? Read on to find out…

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GRAEME McDOWELL

• The beer

G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale.

• The blurb

“G-Mac’s Celtic Style Pale Ale is a crisp ale with a citrusy bite and just a hint of sweetness for that perfect balance of flavours. At 5.0 per cent alcohol by volume and 30 IBUs, G-Mac’s is drinkable, yet satisfying, and its floral hop flavour provides a snappy finish that’s perfect on the course or in the clubhouse.”

• He says

“ the punchiest of the three. It is approachable and very conducive to drinking a few on the golf course or one in the clubhouse.”

• Our verdict

The best of the bunch. Has the sharpness of an ale but the fizz of a lager and goes down easy. The ideal accompaniment for steak and frites in G-Mac’s Nona Blue restaurant.

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KEEGAN BRADLEY

• The beer

Keegan’s New England Style Lager

• The blurb

“Keegan’s New England Style Lager is an easy drinking, amber lager with a medium-bodied flavour that delivers a well-balanced taste. At 4.5 per cent alcohol by volume and 11 IBUs, it’s the drinkable craft beer that’s perfect after a round with friends or at the tailgate before the big game.”

• He says

“Growing up in New England, my friends and I would drink craft beer almost exclusively. I’m a professional golfer with my own New England craft beer - how good is that?”

• Our verdict

A bit on the bland side, if I'm being totally honest. It’s not that it’s bad. It tastes just fine. It’s just quite unremarkable. It doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. Sorry, Keegan!

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Freddie

FREDDIE JACOBSON

• The beer

Freddie’s Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale

• The blurb

“At 4.5 per cent alcohol by volume and 11 IBUs, Freddie’s is a classic golden-blonde ale that’s clear, crisp and refreshing. Its blend of Crystal malts and European hops combine to make a full-flavoured, drinkable craft beer that refreshes without weighing you down.”

• He says

“After a nice round on the course, in warm weather and heading to the clubhouse, I always wanted a nice, refreshing craft beer. I think my beer is very drinkable and something that I could definitely have a few of!”

• Our verdict

Definitely the most flavoursome of the lot. Would I drink it again? Absolutely, but I'd sooner go for one of G-Mac's.

Golf Beer Company :: Find out more

For more information on the Golf Beer Company, log-on to golfbeer.com - and, obviously, always drink responsibly!

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