Richards Red. The name itself conjures up deep memories for me. Waaaay back to the 90s.
Long before the television commercials featuring choirs chanting stirring classical music, there was a bar in Vancouver called Luvafair. In this bar, once or twice a week, Rickards Red was on special. We lurked over the “Super Chexx” bubble hockey and the Star Wars Pinball, and the “Tornado” foosball table usually swilling back, you guessed it, Rickards Red, on tap.
Luvafair is long gone, torn down, and luckily, I have room in my basement for a Tornado table of my own. I don’t have enough room for a Super Chexx, or Star Wars Pinball, but I have room for the occasional Rickard’s Red.
This is a mass produced beer, very mainstream, and it probably was back then, but I didn’t know, I didn’t care… not about where it came from, or whether it had preservatives (but I knew it didn’t). This was a mysterious exotic beer, new to me.
So let’s give this dark red drink another go. It had a fantastic head, and a mild slightly floral aroma. The taste is smooth, and surprisingly short on body, with a slight bitter aftertaste.