It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere!
Well, summer is in full swing, and it is cookin’ outside. When the temperatures rise, there is no better thirst quencher than a nice summer style ale, and this year brewers have been adventurous adding adjunct ingredients such as fruits and vegetables to these light bodied, easy drinking beers. I recommend that you try these summer stand-outs:
- Come Hell or High Watermelon – 21stAmendment Brewing (San Francisco, CA). This American wheat ale made with real watermelon has been a cult classic in the Northern California area for years now. For the first time, this beer has been distributed outside the area and has been embraced with open arms, or mouths as the case may be. One taste perfectly represents all that is summer.
- El Guapo-Flat Tail Brewing (Corvallis, OR). Albeit being probably the most obscure beer of the summer, El Guapo was handsomely delicious. This eccentric summer time ale is fermented with fresh cucumbers, habanero peppers, and limes. A refreshing nose of cucumber and food friendly acidity from the lime balances perfectly with a moderate level of habanero heat.
- Great Lei IPA- Belching Beaver Brewing (Vista, CA). Sipping a pina colada on the beach is probably the closest you can come to nirvana. Well, the gents from Belching Beaver feel the same way. This American-style IPA is made with real pineapple and coconut! The pineapple and coconut are brought to life by the tropical flavors of the hops.