Attention non-beer drinkers: summer in Indiana means it’s hot, humid and sticky, and craft breweries are switching out the heavy, dark beers for light and refreshing thirst-quenches. So put down the Bud Light and read about these new options that any beer drinker will enjoy.
Think about it like this – we tend to eat heavy, warm meals in the winter to keep our bodies warm. In the summer we eat cool salads and icey treats to cool the body off from the hot sun. Beer is also seasonal, and right now is the best time to try new beers if you’ve been weary of the dark pints you see in the winter.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good Old Rasputin Imperial Stout at any time of the year. But if it is 90 degrees outside with weeks of no rain the thoughts of drinking a brew that leaves a thick aftertaste in my mouth isn’t always the most pleasing. Thankfully craft breweries understand this too and therefore switch up their winter ales for belgian styles and saisons, pilsners, lagers and kolsch style beers.
It’s also means that you should introduce your Budweiser friends to craft beer because the taste of these summer ales will be similar to what they’re used to. “Similar” is a strong word, but you get the point…
Here’s a quick list of what I’m drinking this summer:
- Schlafly’s Kolsch
- Goose Island Summertime
- Sun King Brewing’s Popcorn Pilsner
- Bier Brewery’s Good Pils
- New Belgium’s Sommersault Ale
This IS something else that’s pretty refreshing, like beer infused ice cream. Just sayin’.