Now that Labor Day weekend has arrived, it’s inevitable that our summer is coming to a close. This weekend we’ll be meeting up for the last of our pool parties, river and creek floats, and throwing those final barbecues. All of these events go hand-in-hand with some nice cold beers.
Before the summer comes to its end, make sure you check out these seasonal favorites:
You may have missed this new launch from local favorite DuClaw in early July. Funk is a blueberry citrus wheat ale. Translation: Think summer shandy with a hint of blueberry. I originally tried this beer back on the Fourth of July at Al’s of Hampden and thought it tasted just like blueberry muffins in the best possible way. You can find it now in bottles at my favorite beer distributor, Westy’s, as well as your typical to-go beer spots around Harrisburg.
Sara and I were practically counting down the days for this beer to arrive in cans. Well, they’re here and we couldn’t be happier! So what’s to love about this beer? First is the delicious hop flavor found in this brew. I love the crisp citrusy flavor that isn’t overpowering.
Second, while this beer packs a great flavorful punch, it’s only 4.7% ABV. Lower ABV means being able to enjoy more of them without getting out of control. Win-win as far as I’m concerned. All Day IPA is available in both cans and bottles.
Flying Dog Brewing launched a series of scratch-style beers that they call their “brewhouse rarities.” While many of them don’t make it out of the Frederick, MD area where they’re located, I was happy to spot their Pineapple Saison at McGrath’s a few weeks back.
As of this past Friday it was still available, and I highly recommend you pop in and try one. The flavor profile on this beer is incredible with pineapple being at the forefront as well as notes of floral aspects, slight breadiness and even a little tart funk.
While this isn’t necessarily a summer beer, Sixty-One is certainly worth trying. A few weeks back Lauren covered beer-wine hybrids in her Sunday School series with Sixty-One on the list. I first sampled this brew back at the Craft Brewer’s Conference in March and really had a difficult time wrapping my palate around its unique flavor.
To me, it starts as a slightly tart fruit flavor, becomes an IPA in the middle and finishes with slight hint of wine. If you’re ready to try this specialty, it’s currently on tap at Arooga’s Downtown and also distributed in bottles.
I’ve been experimenting with beer cocktails lately and was very pleased with this concoction I’ve named Summer Breeze. It’s quite simple to make and encompasses my favorite summer citrus flavors.
Almost any bar in town can make this refreshing cocktail as its main ingredient is Troegs Dreamweaver Wheat. From there, just have your favorite bartender add orange juice and peach schnapps. Voila!
A delicious brunch beverage or Sunday afternoon sipper. You can even spice it up a bit by substituting whipped vodka for the peach schnapps.
Don’t let the summer slip away. Grab a few last bits of sunshine and blue skies before they’re gone!
CATEGORIES: Craft Beer