My Very First Serious Beer Review

A grapefruit and maybe an orange, riding in on the last waves of summer, cannon-balled into my beer glass, and I couldn’t be happier. When I took a sip of “El Sonido” Mexican-style lager from Redhook Brewery, I grabbed my husband (Nate) by his shirt and yelled, “I taste grapefruit! It’s a breakfast beer, Nate! Beer for breakfast!” The crisp, citrus flavor made me hope that maybe, just maybe, I could start and end my day with a nutritious beer. (After two nutritious beers, I noticed that The Daily Drunk logo is NOT just a beer glass. It’s a beer glass with a sharpened pencil point on the end, and this image prompted me to write my personal purpose statement: I will write like I’ve been drinking and drink like I’ve been writing.)

In any case, the citrus flavor is not overpowering, but it’s there. It’s the mist rising from the pool after some kid’s dad fell in, except much better. It sprinkles the trees with just a hint of the dying rays of sun, and maybe a golden twinkle catches the underside of a leaf—just to say, “Hey, mofos, fall is coming!”

I would be remiss, though, if I didn’t impart some actual factoids of some kind here. El sonido is Spanish for “the sound,” and the “sound” to which the Redhook Brewery (of Seattle) refers is the Puget Sound, most likely. However, the delightful turquoise/coral can features a wolf-like creature on the front that is howling “El sonido” or “The sound,” so I’m a little confused. The kind of sound it’s making, I’m not sure. Perhaps it’s just randomly naming “The Sound!” As in: Where shall we drink this beer? The Sound!

So, I’ll leave you, Daily Drunk readers, with some sounds that I made while sampling this beer: Ahh! Mmmm! Cannonball! 


Cecilia Kennedy once taught Spanish and English courses in Ohio for many years. She now lives in the Greater Seattle area, and writes horror stories. Her blog (Fixin’ Leaks and Leeks: chronicles her humorous (and perhaps scary?) attempts at cooking and home repair. Twitter: @ckennedyhola

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