Today’s topic for the Friday Five linkup with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia is “Five Ways to Beat the Heat”. It’s been stupid hot here this week and I’ve been running with the Mizuno Baton, so this topic is perfect. Since I already wrote a post with tips on how to survive running in the heat, I thought I’d go for a different angle today. ;o)
I’m the kind of girl that can drink a stout or a porter on the hottest day, but there are times when you want a lighter, more refreshing beer when it’s hot out. I’m not a fan of pilsners and I feel “meh” about most lighter lagers. ( I can guarantee you, I’d rather drink nothing than drink budmilloor beer. Snob? Yes.)
So, what’s a dark beer loving beer snob to drink in the summer? Here’s your answer…
5 Beers to Drink to Beat the Summer Heat
1. Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer – I’ll admit, I only bought this because I have a bit of a love affair going with the Citra Hops and that definitely colors my opinion of this beer. I don’t usually drink beers that are this light in color or flavor, but the added citrusy flavor from the Citra hops makes it one of my favorite summer beers. It’s low in alcohol (4.3% ABV) and just light and refreshing!
2. Little White Rye from Sam Adams – I’m a little obsessed with finding this beer again. I had one at a Memorial Day party and haven’t been able to find it again. It has a unique zing to it (I think it’s the sage) and I totally want another one. This beer is a witbier (Belgian White) with an interesting combination of citrus, coriander, sage, and rye, which makes it a wonderfully drinkable summer beer with a totally unique flavor.
3. Tangerine Wheat Ale from Lost Coast Brewing – This is another one that I had no intention of trying, but a friend gave it to me. This beer adds an interesting twist to a typical wheat beer. It has a relatively strong tangerine smell, but the first taste you get is the wheat flavor. The flavor on the backend is the tangerine, which builds as you drink the beer. If you don’t like the flavor of tangerine, I’d recommend trying Port City’s Optimal Wit or Williamsburg Alewerk’s Wheat beer. All are very drinkable on a hot summer day with a relatively low alcohol content. I make a really good vinaigrette dressing with wheat beer and I’m definitely going to have to make a batch with the Tangerine Wheat Ale.
4. Brown Ale from Legend Brewing – This is one of my favorite brown ales EVER (Leffe Brune is a close second). It’s got a bit of the dark beer flavor that I like in stouts and porters, but with a much lighter mouth feel than those styles. It’s a bit higher alcohol and definitely more malty than the other beers I’ve mentioned. Shockingly, I don’t have one of these in the fridge, so I had to settle for a picture of their logo.
5. Lambics – this is not a specific beer, but rather a type of beer. True lambics are beers fermented in Belgian using open fermentation. This allows for wild yeast to create the beer. After the fermentation, most lambics are blended with fruit before bottling. The most common fruits are cherries (kriek), raspberries (framboise), and peaches (peche). There is a non-fruit version, guize, but it’s super sour and is an acquired taste. Beer Geek’s friend in Belgium always comments that it’s the high school girls’ beer (or as Beer Geek translates it, lambics are “Belgian wine coolers”.) Whatever, I love them.
Bonus: If you are local, Mad Fox Brewery makes a number of “summer” beers and they are all quite good. My favorite of all of them is the Orange Whip, which is an IPA made with Citra hops. As I’ve told the owner, Orange Whip is the only IPA that I enjoy drinking! I’d drink it all summer long if I had the chance!
Can you tell which beer I drank last night in the interest of “research”? What’s your favorite summer drink?