Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Summer Beer Guide
I can drink a good beer year round but there is something about warm summer nights that makes a cold beer sound even better. It's funny how your tastes change over time. I used to be all about the sweet fruity drinks and down fishbowls of blue drinks like a champ. Now, I can have one or two sweet cocktails before I'm done. Beer on the other hand goes down fine and I'm sure has contributed to my beer gut..but oh well.
Summer beers tend to be crisp and light which is perfect for hot days by the pool. It's fun to look forward to your favorite seasonal beers that are only offered a few months of the year. Below is a neat chart that shows what popular beers are made in what season! (Click the via link below for a better view)
Beer tasting is a great way to figure out what beers you like and what flavors and varieties you dislike. Don't be afraid to ask the bartender or waitress for samples to try out they usually don't care at all and even encourage it!
There are so many breweries popping up and craft beers are all the rage. I would highly recommend going on a brewery tour if you get a chance. Last summer while traveling in Asheville I went on a brewery tour and learned so much!
While there are lots of craft beers that I enjoy when I see them in a bar or restaurant I've picked out 3 favorites that are available in most grocery and liquor stores that are perfect this time of year!
Abita Strawberry: This is probably my favor beer of any season. It is in the pilsner family and real strawberry juice is added after filtration. The hint of strawberry adds such a fresh flavor without being too sweet or overpowering. With a 4.2% ABV and 128 calories it's great to sip on and won't leave you feeling bloated.
Crabbie's Ginger Beer: Crabbie's is a great beer if you're looking for something refreshing and bubbly. As the name suggests it tastes similar to ginger ale or for all my Kentucky peeps Ale-8! This beer is fine to drink by itself but it's even better in a Moscow Mule or try my Mexican Mule.
Corona: Corona isn't a beer I ever think about drinking anytime besides in the summer. As someone who could eat Mexican food everyday of her life this beer is perfect to accompany a fiesta! This is a very light beer that in my opinion is somewhat bitter. If I'm not drinking a margarita with my nachos a Corona is the next best option!
What's your favorite beer to drink in the summer?