COSTCO has a beer. In fact, it has four beers. They’re not particularly good beers, but they’re beers none the less.
I can’t say I’m too familiar with “Hopfen Und Malz Brewing Company,” the brewers credited with developing the beers, though a quick Google search will reveal that the name is a pseudonym for Gordon Biersch Brewing Company. One can only suspect that Gordon Biersch is a bit embarrassed to be associated with COSTCO.
And I can see why.
The 24 pack—on sale for mere $18!—comes with four different types of beers; hefeweizen, pale, amber, and a German lager. (Pronounce the last one with a bad Hollywood-German accent for full effect.) I would have reviewed each of them separately, but, really, they taste pretty much the same. Neither are offensively bad, but they all pretty much come with a baseline beer flavor (hey, better than Bud, I suppose) and just a hint of… something… to differentiate them.
I don’t want to be all negative though. Kirkland beer—or COSTCO beer as I like to call it—has its uses. This is a cheap way to get bottles if you’re a homebrewer, for example. The only downside is that you have to actually drink the beer first.
No, it’s not quite that bad. If you have a summer BBQ, then the beer will be just fine, and will serve as a less costly alternative to Kokanee. In fact, why not have a COSTCO party? Put on a COSTCO shirt, and enjoy a COSTCO beer, while watching your COSTCO TV, and talk about the great new COSTCO coupons you just received. It’ll be a blast.