TMS Beer Project: Mojave Gold

October 12, 2008 | Comments (0) | by Governor X

With the name Saloon included in our moniker, one could surmise that we here at TMS like to drinky drinky. One that would make such an assumption would be correct, thereby throwing out the whole, 'when you assume you make an 'ass' out of 'u' and 'me' bullshit. We also like to plagiarize each other. In the same vein as the Wrigleyville Bar Project, we are proud to bring you another installment of the TMS Beer Project. The premise is simple: we review beers. Each rating will feature a variety of scores from 1-10 and comments from the bartender. This is a public service damn it. We don't want you to be the sucker who pays $15 for a six pack of some overrated Belgian cat piss. Now, we all drink massive amounts of beer so we know what we speak of. Each of us seem to have a favorite style of beer though. Will we be reviewing macrobrews like Bud and Coors? Oh you bet your Aunt Susie's ass we will. For purposes of this science experiment, and it is in the name of science, those will be the "control" group. Use them as a base line for when we review lesser known imports and microbrews. Without further ado, I bring you our next beer:

Mojave Gold

Brewery: Indian Wells Brewing Co., Inyokern, CA

Type: Lager

Receptacle: 12 ounce bottle

Drinkability (1 being Jim Jones' kool-aid, 10 being the nectar of the gods): 10, Being a bit of a macrobrew snob (if such a thing exists), I'm always a little skeptical of microbrews. All too frequently they don't lend themselves to multiple bottles. This however is smooth and highly drinkable. I could easily run through 3 or 4 in the time span it takes Sarah Palin to answer a tough question like "what's your favorite color?"

Heartiness (1 being fresh mountain spring water, 10 being a pureed British steak infected with mad cow disease): 4, There's a little meat to this but I wouldn't by any means call it hearty. No need to order those "rib sticking meals" from the Mike Golic commercial to lose weight after you have a few.

Intoxication (1 being your friend's weird pentecostal grandmother high on Jesus, 10 being Boris Yeltsin on a week long bender in the Crimea): 3, Clocking in at 4.4% alcohol, its going to take a few of these to get you drunk. Fortunately it tastes so damn good you won't mind.

Celebrities You May See Drinking This Brew: Sheryl Crow, Bryan Cranston, Robert Plant, and Coco Crisp (5 points if you get this)

Affordability ($ being chicklets in Tijuana, $$$$ being diamond encrusted braised lamb shank from a trendy cafe on the Champs d'Elysee): $, Seven bucks at a trendy store like Whole Foods translates to about $5 per six pack at a proper store.

Overall: 9, I absolutely love this brew! I hail from a two-mule desert town like Inyokern, so I bought it merely out of curiosity. Its one of the more pleasant surprises of my alcohol drinking life. Its easy to drink and tastes great. Mojave Gold is definitely making it into my regular rotation.

Downtown Inyokern...where it all happens.