If the past few days are any indication sunny days and hot weather are here. There’s nothing better than a refreshing cool beer on a hot day. This summer, whether you branch out and try a few newbies, or stick with the classics, I’ve got a few suggestions that are sure to hit the spot.
While I’m normally a stout drinker 100 percent, in the summer you need something lighter. Meet Pom Beach, a wheat beer with pomegranate and blueberry. Don’t be scared of a little fruit in your beer ladies and gentlemen, sometimes fruit is exactly what is needed to balance out the other flavors in a beer. In this case you’ll find exactly that – a well balanced match of spiced wheat beer flavor with hints of sweetness from the fruit. I picture Pom Beach poolside with a crisp salad topped with strawberry.
While this beer isn’t entirely new, it may be new to you. Deschutes has been in our area for almost two months with the official launch just a month ago. This West Coast brew isn’t a typical IPA of their region. Instead of finding a hop bomb, expect flavors perfect for summer: citrus hops, lemon, and herbs. Chainbreaker will be perfectly matched for your fish tacos all summer.
Nothing screams summer than a can of kolsch. I had completely forgotten about this beer until we went to Lancaster Brewing Co. last weekend to celebrate my brother’s college graduation. It was a hot day, I was sunburned and sweaty, and debated not even getting a beer. Then the waitress told me that they had the Kolsch available in cans and there was no question about it. Kolsches, by design, are mild in alcohol and flavor and meant to be enjoyed on such a day. Don’t expect to find anything crazy with this beer, which is what makes it in my opinion. Just a solid and refreshing example of a fine German beer. I paired this beer with grilled salmon.
Needless to say there are plenty of rotating options at Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing to keep your palate entertained all
summer year long. This brew, however, jumped out to me during a recent visit. I remember a few months back watching this hefe swirl around in the tanks while being brewed knowing that hefes and all wheat beers really hold a special spot in my heart. This beer doesn’t disappoint and certainly makes for a fine stylistic example. Right now, Al has the Watermelon version of this beer on tap, which I found to be surprisingly delicious. Watermelon beers aren’t always wonderful – it takes a skilled brewer to balance the flavor with the beer itself. Expect to find a beer that tastes exactly like biting into a fresh piece of watermelon. That may or may not be your jam, but I fully anticipate drinking this with homemade summer pizzas at home. As with all Pizza Boy beers, get in there and get it while it lasts.
While technically not a beer this is not to say that this couldn’t become the drink of the summer. Sara shared with us recently news of the growing cider market in our area, particularly those from Adams County, and this is no exception. I discovered this cider just a few weeks ago at The Sturges Speakeasy and found it to be inviting. I shy away from many ciders for two reasons, some are too sweet, and some are too carbonated. Summer Scrumpy has neither of those characteristics. I found it to be a perfect balance between sweet and dry much like a semi-dry wine with just enough carbonation to remind you that it’s a cider. This paired perfectly with charcuterie, especially extra sharp cheddar cheese.
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