Day 119

It had to happen sooner or later

July 24th, 2010

Thanks to these lovely folks for the pizza and beer. As you may notice in the picture, Budweiser-with-Clamato made an appearance as well. I figured it was finally time to try it. I'd rate it as "disgusting". Better than "revolting", but worse than "gross". I'm glad I tried it, though, because now I feel like I really belong here in Montana.


  1. deanna valenti meyer says:

    Oh my! You got up the nerve to try the stuff…and it sounds just like you (and most of us) expected. Kudos for that.

    Thanks to these kinds folks for taking care of you tonight. Sleep well Matt…under the gorgeous stars and sky.

    YAY me! I’m #1 tonight! :)

  2. Gigi says:

    That’s one of the beauties of the journey, trying new things even if you find them not to your liking. Another would be meeting all these wonderful people who may share a pizza and beer and swapping stories with you. What a great journey it’s turning out to be for you Matt. Thank you for taking us along.

  3. Karen Too says:

    My thought about beer and clamato all along has been that it sounds “dreadful.” I’ll take your word for it, Matt.

    Thanks to more kind people taking care of Matt.

  4. Christine says:

    I love the trees behind them. I brought this issue of the Bud Clamato up to about anyone who will listen to me, and I was surprised to hear that about half hate it and half love it from about 6 people surveyed who have tried it. I am keeping my eyes open for one just to try.

  5. Oh I love the stings pizza (which judging by his shirt is what he brought you) they should have brought wings!

  6. Jeff says:

    aaahh matt. caving in to peer pressure………(gag) demerit bro…… Not gonna ground you with less then a thousand to go.

    • Craig ( NC!) says:

      good thing it wasn’t like the juice of oysters or something, (gag) These people chased you down all the way UP THERE to give you pizza and clamato “sauce”…. nice if em. I swear if I had walked all that was up the winding roads and hills and some one handed me a clamato/beer mixature I probably would have tried it.. but it would have to be a quick choice on which side of the divide to barf on.

  7. Candice in Alabama says:

    Sorry Jeff , but congrats Matt for having at least tried it. Ugh (the thought of it). What bravery!

  8. GardenStater says:

    I’m allergic to clams, but I think I’d be willing to try “red beer” (beer and tomato juice). I’ve mixed beer and lemonade before, and it’s very refreshing.

  9. k9trvlr says:

    Welcome to the high country…..enjoy!

  10. RadioNed says:


    peace be with you, man. Found your travels via Flickr about a week ago.
    Indeed – please be safe on those corners!

    My favorite refreshing beer/mix is a Shandy Gaff: Big mug filled half of 2/3 with ice; half Ginger Beer, half your favorite draft.


    Beer, Clams, and Tomato, All in the Same Glass
    Written: Apr 04 ’08 (Updated Apr 04 ’08)

    Product Rating: Product Rating: 1.0
    Pros: I only bought one can.

    Cons: I bought that can.

    The Bottom Line: Out of the 3435 different beers I’ve tasted, this one may well be the worst. Your mileage may vary, but I doubt it.

    Bruguru’s Full Review: Budweiser and Clamato Chelada
    You know, I happen to love V8 juice, which is mostly tomato juice, of course. And I love beer, as you well know. I’ve been known to down the occasional plate of clams. And who doesn’t enjoy a tart and vibrant lime now and then? But although these things taste great in and of themselves, I don’t think I’d want to throw them all in a blender to see what I could come up with.

    Which is, of course, sort of what Anheuser-Busch did with their new Budweiser Chelada. Chelada, short for Michelada, is a sort of Mexican mixed drink in which beer is mixed with tomato or lime juice, or perhaps both, and salt. You may recall Miller launched its own version not long ago, Miller Chill , which has been fairly popular, and is even somewhat drinkable.

    Anheuser-Busch, for some reason, decided they would roll out a chelada-style brew with tomato and, um, clam juice. According to the brewer, Budweiser Chelada (also available in Bud Light form) has been a big hit in its initial rollouts in the southwest. That shouldn’t surprise, since the Hispanic population there is quite familiar with cheladas. Not surprisingly, the can sports both English and Spanish dialogue. Alcohol content is 5% by volume, about the same as regular Bud.

    I picked up a 24-ounce can for $2.29 to try it out, as I am wont to do whenever I see a new brew. As instructed on the can, I gently rolled the concoction around in the can before decanting to mix the ingredients fully.

    Budweiser Chelada pours to a bright rosy pink color with no head formation, although some carbonation does come creeping up through the murky depths of the bloody-colored liquid. The smell is not at all like beer and only faintly like tomato juice. It does not portend well for what follows, mostly because, to me at any rate, the aroma is so completely unappetizing.

    With a great degree of dread, I take a sip. Look, I’m a pretty liberal minded guy when it comes to beer, and I’m always up to trying new ones with an open mind. But this stuff is, my friends, nasty. The tomato flavor totally drowns out the beer, so you really aren’t going to taste much Budweiser here. But the beer manages to water the tomato down enough to ruin that, too. A hint of citrusy lime pokes through, but just a faint hint, with no clam that I can gather, and the whole mess ends with way too much salt for me in the finish, not to mention a particularly unpleasant aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

    It’s rare that I can’t finish a beer, but I drank maybe a few ounces out of the 24-ounce can, dumped the rest down the sink, popped open a Victory Sunrise Weiss and called it a day. But, it appears, Anheuser-Busch seems to have scored at least one small victory with Budweiser Chelada. I can now say Natural Light has moved up a notch to the second worst beer I’ve ever tasted.
    Clam juice is a liquid strained from freshly shucked clams. In some regions, clam juice is made from cooked clams, while others use the liquid from fresh, raw clams. In either case, clam juice has a briny flavor which complements a wide range of dishes. GAG!!!!!!!!!!
    Laugh My A$$ off I had to show you this….

  12. Don in Tennessee says:


    it was so nice of these 4 people to take care of you and give you pizza and beer-if you call that stuff beer. Give me Yuengling or give me milk.

    Did you try the bee pizza. You know the one that STINGS with every breath you take!

    • deanna valenti meyer says:

      Hee hee!! Don, you are cracking me up over here! The music selections you come up with are priceless! :)

      • Roe says:

        You are too quick on those, Don, would take me a week to think one up!

        • Don in Tennessee says:

          Hey Roe

          Just thought of another one!

          Roe, Roe, Roe your boat,
          gentlly by the stream.
          Merrily,Merrily, Merrily, Merrily,
          Life is but a dream.

          Having fun with Matt’s journey, aren’t you?

  13. Thomas says:

    My relatives in Northeastern Ohio regularly pour a little can of tomato juice or V8 into their beers.

    They do a lot of other weird stuff, too.

  14. Eric Giannini says:

    Clamato Chelada: What beer drinkers drink when they run out of beer!

    This stuff started appearing in Texas sometime in the past year too. Given Craig’s comment about the Mexican roots of this “brew,” I’m not surprised. But it also sounds and apparently tastes disgusting. This might explain why I’ve never seen it purchased by anyone, nor is it ever out of stock like many of the more appetizing offerings at my local grocery stores.
    The only reason why I can ever see drinking this is out of complete and utter desperation. Perhaps in some post-apocalyptic world where all beer, wine and liquor has been destroyed, along with the knowledge and equipment required to make it. Then I might buy it. If it’s on sale.

  15. Trevor says:

    So is that why you always find beer cans on the side of the road out there. Were they out for a nice drive, beer in hand, looking for you! haha…classic

  16. Michael in Atlanta says:

    I expected the drinkers of this brew to look like the undead, but they don’t. Watch your back, though Matt.
    And, yeah, thanks people for helping our Matt.

  17. Rick in Pa. says:

    Matt, way to go enjoying the journey and did you notice their tuesday special has POP not SODA?

  18. C.O.Jacqui says:

    Im glad you were daring enough to try it. I used to work at a bar and personally, anything that sounds like a disease is already a big “no-no” for me. Clamato does not sound like a good diseas to have, it probably right up there with another drink I would not like, and that would be the “Duck Fart” (eww).
    Anyway, I enjoy your photos and your stories, good stuff. :)

  19. I hav never tasted the Clamato drink but iv heard it tastes alright nothing id try though, just straight budlight…i also enjoy watching on your journey goodluck Matt…What u gonna do when you get to your destination get a plane ticket home…

  20. Vivian in CA says:

    I was walking around my small beach town yesterday, and passed the liquor store that I pass by every single day. Yesterday, however, I happened to notice a small neon sign advertising Budweiser Clamato. I have to say that right in the middle of main street I stopped and burst out laughing :) Thanks for sharing in a way that opens my eyes to treasures within my own little town :)

  21. Brianne says:

    I know those guys! Yay for Rhad and Linda for helping Matt out! I am from MT but live in NYC and it is so fun to follow Matt’s journey and then see that my friends are so cool and helpful! Go Montana!!

  22. JessieBelle says:

    “Red Beer” or beer w/ tomato or V8 juice is actually delicious…it’s very common here (in KS where I’m from) My mom got me started on it after I was old enough to start drinking beer. You get lots of vitamins that way…lol. At least that is what I like to tell myself. :-P

    Clamito on the other hand IS nasty. I think it’s the clam juice…

    Lime juice and salt in beer is good…that’s how my grandpa drinks it.

  23. Janine says:

    Chelada and Michelada and Clamato and Clamoto and Clamito and Chlamidia notwithstanding…thank you, Brianne’s friends, for looking out for Our Matt!

  24. Mike Z says:

    Uhhhggg, I wanna puke just thinking about it. Oooff, kill me now

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