Craft beer is one of the most exciting and thirst-quenching beverages that people love to enjoy in the summer. Here are five popular craft beers that you won’t want to leave off your menu.
Beer connoisseurs and reviewers are raving about this American IPA created by Brewmaster Matt Brynildson with Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California. This pale ale is brewed and dry hopped with a globetrotting selection of new hop varieties from Europe, New Zealand and North America, giving it a complex flavor and aroma, while still maintaining a light and refreshing experience. According to USA Today in an article, Beer Man: Firestone gets creative with hoppy Easy Jack, this new beer “shows hoppy beers can be a pleasant experience without pummeling your taste buds into submission.”
Full Sail Session Black:
This dark lager is the perfect complement to a sizzling steak but without the heaviness of other dark beers. Full Sail Session Black has won 10 gold medals and a silver medal from the 2011 GABF! The full-bodied brew offers hints of chocolate and roasted malts and a crisp flavor. Full Sail Session Black is made in Oregon, but it’s available in 31 states and offers shipping to even more.
Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout:
This reasonably strong beer comes highly recommended by beer expert Jon Richards from The Growler Station in Greenville, SC. Brewed by Anderson Valley Brewing Company, a micro-brewery in Boonville, CA, this oatmeal stout features a deep ebony hue with a beautiful mahogany head, an aroma of fresh-baked bread, toffee, and espresso mingling with the woody vanilla notes of Bourbon whiskey and the rich roasted flavors wrapped with Bourbon. It’s a must-try!
Green Flash 30th Street:
This American Pale Ale brewed by Green Flash Brewing Company, California, debuted in 2008 and was then re-released again in 2012. It offers a full-bodied, hoppy sweetness that make it taste more like an IPA than an APA. Benjamin Haynes, Pacific Beach Craft Beer Examiner, writes: “Originally released as their 6th anniversary beer, the 30th Street Pale is a prime example of a session beer. A wonderful, upfront hop aroma, blends into a slightly sweet, but very pale malt body and finishes with a nice bitter kick that is crisp but doesn’t linger too long on the tongue like some of the bigger IPAs. It drinks as easily as a crisp lager, but beware, while lighter than some of Green Flash’s other beers (hello Palate Wrecker at 9.2% abv) the 30th Street Pale still brings a nice buzz at 6% abv.”
Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout:
Ranked high by BeerAdvocate with a BA World-Class Score of 97, this Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida, offers a rich flavor and subtle dryness with finishes of espresso. The full-bodied beer pours an inky black color with settling traces of espresso. Upfront flavors have notes of coffee/espresso and chocolate with a finishing woody to floral bitterness and notes of dark toffee.
With the explosion of the craft beer movement, beer enthusiasts can now experience a wider variety of beers than ever before. So raise your glass, toast to the warm weather and enjoy with these five must-have summer brews.
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