OK, so here's the deal. I'm a revolving dumbass, everyone knows that. My wife makes it clear to me almost daily. I knew before I bought this that even though the label says it's brewed by the Margaritaville Brewing Co., it's actually contract brewed by A-B. "So, dumbshit, why the fuck did you buy it?" you might be thinking. Well, the answer's a little complicated, and multi-faceted. First, I'm a dumbass. OK, that one was obvious. Second, I've been a parrothead for twenty years or more, and recently have gotten back into Buffett's music in an even bigger way (aging hippie and all, I guess). So there's a certain sentimental pull looking at the label--disingenuous though it may be. Hell, I'm pulling on a sweaty bottle of Land Shark as these words pour out, while listening to Radio Margaritaville. Lastly, there is a very good chance I won't be partaking of the fruit of the barley at all in the very near future, so I'm enjoying said fruit from whatever source I can procure right now. Even if it is from a beer that tastes and looks exactly like Budweiser (big shocker there, right?). There's probably other reasons I could point out, but the sheets are starting to fill with wind, so those reasons don't come to me just now. Look: this beer is crap--expensive crap, at that, brewed by the enemy of craft beer. But if you want to lower your standards briefly on a hot and steamy summer day, go ahead and ice down a sixer and pop on "Songs You Know By Heart" (or "Living And Dying in 3/4 Time" if you're a true parrothead).
Reviewed: March 22, 2009