Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I guess I should have known better. I've heard of Harpoon Brewery. I know they make beer. But I don't like beer and I don't buy it. Unless I buy it by accident. *sigh*
You see fall was in the air and I had my car back after almost two weeks in the repair shop. On top of not having it for a week a few weeks before that. And my cell phone died and I had to replace it. I still haven't updated my contacts. But that's another story.
So I was finally able to get some groceries from the store. I was feeling the apple, cider, and pumpkin thing in a big way.
Canned pumpkin was on sale. Yes! I already had some apples from the farmers market. I had some apple cider, but then as I was walking past the alcohol section, I noticed pictures of pumpkins. I'm such a sucker for seasonal themes.
The pictures of pumpkins were all on beers. I didn't see any pumpkin flavors on the hard cider brands that I've bought in the past. Not fair! That's discrimination against us non-beer drinkers!
So I wandered down the aisle some more. The section was for Harpoon, but unlike the others, these didn't say beer anywhere on the package that I could see. The whining in my head stopped! Was this real? It clearly said Pumpkin Cider! I figured that this was a type of hard cider and that Harpoon was looking to expand their market to non-beer drinkers. Great idea!
Later that evening, I made some goat cheese popcorn, which is really good by the way. Maybe I'll blog it another time. I grabbed what I thought would be a sweet pumpkin cider. I've had hard cider before and loved it. But never pumpkin flavor!
So I drank it. A big gulp. Hmmm. It didn't taste like the hard cider that I've had before. It was very dry. Almost like beer... Hey!! I was duped! It is beer!
Well, for those of you who like beer, you'll probably like it. I like the idea of the creative seasonal flavors. The taste isn't horrible. It's just not sweet and not what I was expecting. Or meaning to buy.
Has this ever happened to anyone else? I still think the label should say "beer" on it. Or maybe it's just me...
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