After the Last Death Sour

Review Date 4/12/2019    By John Staradumsky

Lordy, lordy! Look who’s forty! None other than the Taco Mac chain of sports bars. As you likely well know, I’ve been a longtime customer of the chain, though I can’t say that I go all the way back to 1979. For one thing, I was 15 back then, and for another, I lived in Rhode Island. Still, Taco Mac has come a long way since opening their first location in the Virginia Highlands section of Atlanta on April 4th, 1979.

It all started back in 1979 when a couple of guys from Buffalo, NY made a pit stop in Atlanta on their way to Florida…they decided to stay. All they had was a little cash and a great idea to bring a popular northern cuisine to the sunny South….It didn’t take long to find the perfect spot, a quaint little taco shack on the corner of Virginia and North Highland Avenues – now known as Virginia-Highland…..the Mexican-Irish sounding name, Taco Mac, remained. As the popularity of their Buffalo Wings increased, cold beer and sports seemed like natural partners. Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, the wall of drafts grew to offer the largest selection of micro-brewed beers and imports in the South – decades before anyone was pouring “craft” beers.

That’s their story, and I’m happy to be a part of it, if a belated part. Taco Mac is having multiple celebrations of this milestone. And on April 4th, 2019, they offered 40 cents wings to patrons dining in. I love Taco Mac’s wings almost as much as their beer (almost) and gathered with my kids and grandson to devour 50 of them. Of course there was beer, and one I enjoyed was Orpheus After the Last Death Sour Ale.

Orpheus says:

What lies beyond is a mystery we yearn to know. What’s here is succulent and juicy cherries intensified with red currants, in a bold but gentle sour beer

Orpheus After the Last Death Sour Ale has an alcohol content of 6.5% by volume. It was a very reasonable $4.25 for an 11-ounce draft at Taco Mac, but a prohibitive $15.99 a six-pack in cans at Total Wine.  

My glass of Orpheus After the Last Death Sour Ale arrived a hazy plum color with a minimal head and a tart dark fruity nose. Taking a sip, I got raisins and tart cherries in the smooth malty palate, with a nigh-puckering sour finish.

I very much enjoyed the tart fruity notes here and would love to try this again. You know I will, don’t you?

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.