Spring and Summer! Hooray! Everyone rejoice. The season of gorgeous weather, fresh flowers and vegetables, time spent on the water and happy hours a-plenty.
With the above said Happy Hours come choices. I always get a little bit of (fake) anxiety at a bar with an impressive beer menu. I am not ashamed to say it, I am a light beer kind of girl. I appreciate the idea of “cool” beers but I rarely want to order them, and when I do I don’t ever want a whole one… Mich Ultra, please! I know cool beer people probably hate me now, it’s fine, I am trying here, people. My pride always takes a little stab when trying to navigate and decide upon what beer to order. So with the help of three others — It was really hard talking them into this— I set out to conduct a very scientific taste test and find my new go-to beer(s) of the summer.
Brooklyn Summer Ale – “From beaches and barbecues to stoops and rooftops, summer in Brooklyn is all about following your impulses. Brooklyn Summer Ale is a refreshing, flavorful pale ale made for warm weather adventures. British 2-row barley adds breadiness while German and American hops bring a clean bitterness and bright floral aroma. It’s a sunny pale ale, Brooklyn style.”
SweetWater Blue – “SweetWater Blue is a unique light bodied wheat ale laced with natural blueberry flavor. This euphoric experience begins with a subtle blueberry aroma and finished surreptitiously clean – That’s right! Ain’t Just for Breakfast Anymore”
SweetWater SpinnerBait – “The flash of this spinnerbait stimulates the senses with its sweet malty currents and deep red hues. Our BA reels with fruity esters and spicy notes from the Ardennes yeast which swirl through the Belgian rock candy, casting the perfect presentation for the hops to set the hook on this big boy, Rip Some Lips”
Strawberry Abita (This is actually more of a Spring seasonal… I am learning so much already, hah!) – “Abita Strawberry Harvest is a lager brewed with pilsner and wheat malts and Vanguard hops. Real Louisiana strawberry juice is added after filtration resulting in a crisp lager with a sweet strawberry flavor, aroma and haze.”
New Belgium Skinny Dip – “Take the plunge with SKINNY DIP, our brewed tribute to the lightly-attired summer months. Cascade hops frolic with bready malts for a crisp sip as refreshing as a freshwater dip.”
*There are so many other options out there but because of time and money this is what we got our hands on and tasted. Basically this is just a start to ease my summer, happy-hour, beer anxiety.*
**Things I wanted to add to this taste test but could not find – Abita Seersucker Summer Pils; Abita Grapefruit IPA; Shiner Ruby Redbird**
!!!Tied for 1st Place – New Belgium Skinny Dip and Brooklyn Summer Ale!!! Both so very good and I will be ordering and drinking these throughout the summer.
3rd Place – SweetWater Blue
4th Place – SweetWater SpinnerBait. This will be the only one I will not order, but I was happy to try it. It was one of our testers 2nd place pick (a guy who is a cool beer drinker). Just not my favorite.
What are your favorite summer beers?
**Julia would like to add that while celiac makes her beer drinking pretty limited, during the hot summer months, she especially likes Omission Lager since it’s crisp and light. Or skip the beer all together and go straight for a cocktail. One of her favs is a Salty Dog: vodka, grapefruit juice, lots of ice, and a little salt on the rim.
Happy Hour for all!