Well, it’s finally here. All those months of rain have not been in vain. That’s right, the sun is upon us and it’s time for the patio and beach to reign supreme. And let me tell you, nothing is going to quench your thirst like a perfect summer beer.
On those heat scorched days, not just any old beer will do. What you want is something crisp, something fresh but most of all something refreshing. There are a few styles of beer that I find really hit the spot.
First up, Hefeweizen. Hefeweizen is traditionally a German wheat beer that is cloudy and unfiltered and often has wonderful flavours of banana and clove. Although I personally think the Germans do it best, there are some incredible examples from local breweries. Howe Sound’s King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen and Granville Island’s Robson Street Hefeweizen are personal favorites.
Next up is another wheat based beer, Belgian Wits. These beers are exceptionally thirst quenching and are often flavored with spices such as coriander and orange peel. Very low in bitterness and very fruity, these beers are always in my fridge in the summer months. You have to try Upright Wit from Portland. Upright specializes in Belgian style beers with a unique North West twist and they do it right, let me tell you.
Another personal favorite summer beer is a Saison. Saisons have to be the all time best summer beer, because that’s really what they were designed for. Saison’s were traditionally brewed on farms in southern Belgium for the farmhands to drink while working in the summer heat. While some amazing Saisons are still brewed there today, my current favorites come from Upright Brewing.
My all time number one summer beer is the Deschutes Brewing Twilight Summer Ale. An American Golden Ale, this beer is slightly fruity, but finishes dry with mild hop notes. Incredible! When I think summer beer, this is number one every time.
Hope no matter what you reach for I hope it hits the spot just right!
Stay classy and drink real beer,
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