Glissade n. - 1. A gliding step in ballet
2. A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep icy or snowy incline.

I am neither a ballerina nor a mountain climber so I had no idea what in the hell the Glissade referred to when I picked up a sixer of Sierra Nevada Glissade. I was a little worried that glissade was some sort of joke around the Sierra Nevada brewery that the brewers slipped past the marketing people.

Glissade n. 1. A drink concocted by putting a funnel in a person's mouth and having 2 people pee in the funnel.

Thankfully it doesn't taste like what I imagined a glissade was. Sierra Nevada describes the Glissade as a golden bock (a style I had never heard of before last night) but Beer Advocate calls it a maibock. I have no idea if the 2 terms are synonymous and I don't really care. It pours out a nice golden color with a healthy white head and smells a little like a biscuit. The Glissade has a nice malty taste with just a hint of hops in the bitterness at the back of your throat. I think I could have done without that. But even with the bitterness it's a very drinkable beer, it might make a nice springtime cookout beer (it's Sierra Nevada's spring seasonal). I think it will have just the right taste drinking it from the bottle in the sunshine with a light jacket on (maybe May at this point).I don't know if I would feel comfortable ordering it in a bar though for fear of getting my imagined definition of glissade.

Interestingly, at least to me, Boulevard is releasing a golden bock sometime soon. The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis posted the bottle labels this morning. It's called Boss Tom's Golden Bock and is named for Tom Pendergast. It's a shame we haven't had a Pendergast named beer in KC yet. He represents a time when Democrats had balls and were as corrupt as the day is long. A better time, to be sure, than now when the Democrats are just corrupt (EQUAL TIME: So are the Republicans). UPDATE: Boss Tom's is the maibock that has been a spring tap only seasonal in previous years.

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