Jeremiah Weed: a sweet alternative to beer
Jeremiah Weed is a delicious alternative for non-beer-lovers.
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Drawn in by the sleek jet-black cans with elegant white writing scrolled across the label, our first experience with Jeremiah Weed was an unexpected one. The malt beverages, which come in three equally-tempting flavors—Lightning Lemonade, Roadhouse Tea and Spiked Cola—remain relatively unknown on the Hill, still surprisingly outnumbered by student allegiance to other popular malt beverages such as Twisted Tea and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
Jeremiah Weed, a brand owned and marketed by Diageo, offers drinkers worldwide a taste of the South through its sweet tea vodka and bourbon, as well as the malt beverage options. The company came to be in the early 1980s in the hills of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. The three malt beverage flavors were introduced earlier this year, and two new brews were launched recently in the UK: Jeremiah Weed Sour Mash Brew, which has a bourbon taste, and Jeremiah Weed Root Beer, with a ginger taste. The band Dos Gringos, singer Gary Jules and folk singer Eric Nassau all promote the brand through songs bearing Jeremiah Weed’s name, while The Adam Carolla Podcast also extensively promotes the product.
The decision to sample the drinks was not a hard one. The cost for a six-pack of 12-ounce cans is reasonable, coming in at under nine dollars at most local grocery or liquor stores. 23.5-ounce “man cans” can also be purchased at most major gas stations. Jeremiah Weed also have an edge over their major competitors in alcohol content: Jeremiah Weed packs in a stiff 5.8 percent alcohol, while Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Twisted Tea both clock in with five percent alcohol content per volume.
From the moment we set our eyes on the cans, they just screamed out, “Drink me as fast as you can.” While we didn’t exactly do that, the cans were cracked quickly and often. Sam’s first can was gone before we even left the Alfond Apartment’s parking lot, and my first can went down not too long after. Readers may be thinking to themselves, “What’s the big deal? It’s just another malt beverage for those that don’t like beer,” but it’s so much more than that. The Lightning Lemonade flavor went down smoothly and quickly, a taste that marked all signs of alcohol content at all—so drink with care and remember that you really are consuming alcohol. The delicious taste of Jeremiah Weed’s Lightning Lemonade makes the sharpness of Mike’s Hard Lemonade seem like vodka. We split the six-pack, which provides just the right amount of alcohol for a quiet night in with friends.
Alas, like most sugary mixed drinks, Jeremiah Weed does have one downfall. Consumption of too many cans leads to a sugar-induced hangover the following morning, so drink with care to avoid any stomach or headaches. Still, Jeremiah Weed’s are a moderately priced option that packs a little more alcohol and a lot more flavor than your average malt beverage. Pick some up this weekend and show your liver a little southern hospitality.