The other night I went out to Mahar's, a bar in Albany with an eclectic beer menu, and encountered a kind of beer I'd never had before: banana bread beer.
Sounds weird, right?
Anyway, I decided I had to buy it.
My thinking: How could I resist something as strange as banana bread beer?
I had high hopes.
I generally assume that if a reputable establishment is selling a particular food or drink, it's going to be good - otherwise they wouldn't sell it. This logic is sound, but it has led me astray: For instance, I once bought peanut butter and jelly French toast, and discovered that it was as awful as it sounded - two foods that were never meant to go together. (The restaurant was probably cleaning out its pantry, and decided to trick diners like me into eating something gross.)
Much to my delight, the banana bread beer was good - an interesting and delightful mix of banana bread and beer, as its name implies. You could definitely taste the banana bread flavor, but it wasn't too strong or overwhelming. Made by Wells & Young's Brewery in the United Kingdom town of Bedford, the beer received mixed reviews over on BeerAdvocate.com, but I really enjoyed it. It's a nice, amber beer - not too heavy, and not super-light. I'm not sure I would want to drink it all the time - it was too much like dessert, and probably best in moderation as a result - but I'd certainly drink it again ... especially if I had a hankering for beer and banana bread.