I have you covered this summer.
With Friday being the first official day of summer, I have made my top-five easy picks for those thirsty beer drinkers who are looking to try some great brews that are perfect for the season.
These bottles of suds are the perfect way to enjoy a hot summer’s day on a patio or responsibly around a fire in a campground somewhere in Alberta. You can find all of these brews in a specialty beer store near you.
And if you think you know a better summertime beer out there, please leave a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th — WRaspberry Ale from Wild Rose Brewery in Calgary
WRasberry Ale has always been a favourite of mine.
Sure, fruit and beer don’t always mix, but this awesome Calgary-based raspberry brew is tasty.
The ale has a nice light-pink colour and it does offer a tart-like taste.
It’s a great ale to enjoy when temperatures outside are scorching.
And the best food pairings to go with WRaspberry Ale include a green salad with a raspberry vinaigrette, fruit salad, or fresh mozzarella cheese.
4th — Wild Honey Organic Ale from the Nelson Brewing Company in Nelson, B.C.
This smooth tasting ale is a hidden gem in B.C’s West Kootenay region.
This is a nice, light tasting brew that includes organic malted barely and organic honey from Three Hills, Alta.-based Golden Acres Honey.
And what a combination — it’s delicious.
This NBC brew leaves a hint of honey in your palate and offers up a fruity smell.
It goes well with apple slices, a light salad, or swiss cheese.
3rd — Pale Ale from Idaho-based Laughing Dog Brewing
I remember this day well.
After driving non-stop from Seattle last September, my wife and I stayed overnight in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
I drove for five hours and I needed a break.
We sat down in a restaurant next to our hotel and I ordered a local beer after hearing the waiter explain to me — in great detail — why I should try this local brew.
I obviously caved to pressure because I was extremely tired, but I’m glad he introduced me to this ale.
The Laughing Dog Brewing company has brewed beer in Sandpoint, Idaho since 2005 and its Pale Ale is super tasty.
It offers a floral, citrusy taste and its balanced bitterness makes it the perfect brew to go with a meal that includes grilled fish.
2nd — Charlie Flint’s organic lager from Edmonton-based Alley Kat Brewing Company
Odds are if I am entertaining you in my house, bottles of this tasty lager from Alley Kat will be stocked in my fridge.
And there’s a reason for that.
It a smooth-drinking brew that offers up the right level of bitterness from the hops.
It’s a great European-style lager to enjoy in a backyard patio during a hot day and it goes well with a meal that includes a planked salmon or bruschetta.
According to the Edmonton beer company, the lager is also ideal with Thai, Pan-Asian, Mexican, Peruvian and other spicy cuisines.
1st — Grasshopper Wheat Ale from Big Rock Brewery in Calgary
If you’re a beer snob — like me — and you live somewhere in Alberta, odds are you’ve tried Big Rock’s Grasshopper Wheat Ale.
This longtime Calgary brewery has made this unique classic wheat ale since 1994 and it’s a summertime favourite.
This smooth-drinking tasty beer offers up the right amount of hops and it offers up a crisp finish making it the perfect brew to enjoy every summer.
It also offers up a unique, citrusy-sweet taste on your palette making Grasshopper the perfect ale for barbecued meals like smoked fish, grilled chicken, or shrimp.