Fall 2019 Beer Rediscovered

Amstel Light – Duke Corbett

On the hottest summer days, nothing beats a crisp, cold beer. For Duke Corbett, the General Manager of Palz Tap House in Huntington Valley, that beer is Amstel Light.

Back in the ‘80s, Corbett drank American light lagers until a friend told him to give Amstel Light a try. From the very first sip, it was a game-changer. “It became my go-to beer,” Corbett said. “Amstel Light is easy-drinking AND it taught me what a light lager should taste like. The flavors were new and different from what I was used to. On top of that, it’s only 95 calories per bottle!”

Recently, breweries known for “big” or even “extreme” beers have shifted their focus to sessionable, healthy-ish and lower calorie products. Duke argues that Amstel Light was ahead of the curve on this. “At first, you saw all these IPAs coming out that were 7% or higher. Then session IPAs came along and have been popular as well, and now people are looking for low-ABV, low-calorie and low-carbohydrate, which is one of the reasons I liked Amstel Light to begin with!”

Through the years, Corbett has remained true to Amstel Light. He has an affinity for the beer’s malty aroma that is balanced by a touch of hop bitterness. As a good lager should, Amstel Light has a clean, refreshing finish, and it pairs well with most foods. Corbett really enjoys it with barbeque in the summertime.

Naturally, Amstel Light is always available at Palz Tap House. Corbett says many of his customers now call it their go-to beer, too. He also recommends it to younger drinkers who aren’t familiar with the beer, encouraging them to give it a try, the way his friend did long ago. “Quality speaks for itself,” said Corbett. “If I can get an Amstel Light into someone’s hand, they won’t be disappointed.”

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