With the 4th of July Holiday fast approaching I’ve begun deliberating about what beer I want to take to our annual event. While this year it looks like we’re going to have mild (and maybe rainy) weather, you always need to consider the fact you’re going to be outside in the sun. So usually things like stouts, porters and a lot of imperial beers are out of the running for me.
For the most part I’m not a big fan of American-style wheat beers like Schlafly “Hefe” and Boulevard Wheat. Sure they make a fine lawnmower beer for some folks, but I still want a bit more flavor. I think Dave and I are the same wavelength about wheat beers. If I’m going for something cloudy and yellow, I want something with another depth of flavor, be it the spice of a Wit or clove/banana of a Weiss.
Fruit beers are another option. I think too many beer nerds are too quick to dismiss fruit beers. Sure when they’re bad, they’re usually really bad. But when they’re good, they can hold their own with some of the best beers out there. The one concern about some fruit beers is that they can fall into the upper tier of the alcohol range sometimes. Just something to consider.
What about the old stand-by beers, like Pale Ales, APAs or IPAs? Those are always decent choices, but I’ve never been a huge fan of bitter beers in the hot sun. Beer should be refreshing in that environment and shouldn’t weigh you down too much with flavor. That being said, I’ve become much more of a hophead in the past year so I may have to give them another go this year.
Well, enough babbling, what have I decided on? Well, I’m still trying to decide and maybe some of you can throw out some things I may have forgotten about. But at this point:
- Bell’s Two Hearte
- O’Fallon Wheach? (I love it with a hot dog)
- Unibroue Apple Éphémère
- Hitachino Nest White Ale
What are your choices for celebrating this holiday?