On Cinco de Mayo, I wandered into the liquor store in Davis Square, briefly considering whether I should buy a bottle of tequila for the occasion, ignoring the fact that tequila and I do not get along whatsoever.

Once I got there, I realized that I still have a pantry full of Jameson and Bailey’s from St. Paddy’s Day two months ago, so getting tequila wouldn’t be a good idea.  But I did need some beer.  My roommates and I always have plenty of hard alcohol, but we don’t have much for mixers or beer.  It would be nice to have something to offer guests.

I walked around the store.  An older man said hi to me and I smiled without making eye contact.  I then picked up a six-pack of Blue Moon.  I liked that stuff.

“Excuse me,” the man said.  “How would you like me to buy you a six-pack?”

I laughed.  “Well, who’s going to say no to that?”

Turns out he’s the VP of Sales & Marketing for Leinenkugel’s.  He started talking to me about the brand, a beer with which I wasn’t familiar.

It turns out that Leinenkugel’s has a beer similar to Blue Moon called Sunset Wheat.  It has more orange and more coriander in it.  I love my Blue Moon with orange, so that sounded fantastic.

“Wait,” he said.  “Forget one — I’m going to buy you two.”

He started telling me about the Summer Shandy, a lemony beer perfect for the beach or relaxing on a summer evening.

He bought the two six-packs for me and even carried them out to my car for me.  He then gave me his business card and told me to email him and tell him how I liked them.

Well, Dick, here we go:

Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat: AMAZING.  It’s like Blue Moon on crack.  It’s just like he said — very similar to Blue Moon, but with much bolder flavor, much more orange and deliciously spicy.  Fantastic.  Just fantastic.

Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy: Delicious, and I would definitely recommend it, but not as much as the Sunset Wheat.  It kind of walked the line for me — it wasn’t enough of a beer; it kind of tasted like a fruity girly drink.

Overall, I enjoyed them both immensely.  (I also brought a few to a party, where they went over well!)

I’ve felt for a while that I need to find *my* beer, a beer that is kind of obscure but delicious and one that I introduce to everyone.  I think that Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat could very well be it.

Thanks for the beer, Dick!