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What I’m drinking

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To borrow a phrase from Three Non Joggers, in a new segment in which I just talk about what I’ve been drinking lately… this is What I’m Drinking.

Let’s start with the most recently. Yesterday I made a trip to Three Cellars, one of my favorite beer stores ever, and resisted the urge to buy one (or four) of everything.

Instead, I found a tallboy from a brewery in Chicago called Finch’s. I immediately knew from the font and the bird on it that this was some sort of hipster beer. Of course, I don’t have much leeway to make fun of hipsters, since I took the photo with a hipster Instagram filter.

As someone on my Facebook page wearing a skinny tie said, “Hey! Finch’s is legit. Not a hipster beer, just a quality Chicago brew.” Of course, we all know the first rule of being a hipster.

All joking aside, this was the perfect summer beer, refreshing and made with orange peels. I’m looking forward to trying their Threadless beer.

Since summer beer season is officially here, I’m stocking my fridge with the type of lawnmower beers I can have while, well, literally mowing the lawn. I’ve been hydrating with session beers like Lakefront’s Wisconsinsite (above), which I swear hydrates better than Gatorade. Lakefront’s new beer is made entirely with Wisconsinite ingredients, and I feel like I could probably finish a six-pack in an afternoon of yard work.

I probably would too if I wasn’t mixing in other summer beers like Sunny Haze, which I was able to try thanks to Mother Earth Brewing’s Audra Marotta. This is another beer I feel like I could easily drink a pitcher of and still want more.

Speaking of canned beer, I’m happy that Brooklyn’s Sixpoint brewery has found its way to my backyard in Wisconsin. Their Bengali Tiger, Resin and Sweet Action are quickly becoming staples of my summer routine.

Of course, Summer isn’t ALL about light-colored and/or session beers. As a recent DRAFT feature showed, you CAN drink dark porter beers in the summer. I’d say milk stouts, coffee stouts, black IPAs and others will also hit the spot and offer a change of pace.

Take for instance this Horny Goat Stacked Milk Stout, which I paired with a grilled cheese sandwich to keep with the dairy theme. I drank this beer in a chilled glass a few hours after a 5K race. It hit the spot for something both cold and nourishing.

The Black Top IPA from New Glarus is another dark beer that works as a summertime drink. Like virtually all New Glarus beers I’ve ever had, this is another can’t miss seasonal.

Then there was this Baltic Porter from Milwaukee Brewing Company, perfect for the patio after a trail run. This was the first great beer I tried from Milwaukee Brewing Company, and remains my favorite offering from the growing local brewery.

On the very dark and rich end of the spectrum, this week I enjoyed a Espresso Oak Aged Yeti from Great Divide Brewery, thanks to a beer trade from Andrew Todd. Unlike the session beers I normally have this time of year, this bottle was about all I needed for one night.

Well, looks like my glass is almost empty. Time for me to go and to fill up again. What are you drinking?


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.


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  • PJ says:

    I don’t think I’ve had any of these! All look great.

  • Mike says:

    I’ve mostly been enjoying homebrew, but I asked my parents to bring me some New Glarus when they make the visit from Wisconsin to Colorado!

    I was wondering if sometime you could talk about your post race recovery while maintaining a run streak. I’ve been running everyday this year, but the last two weeks post marathon have been pretty rough. Thanks!

  • Blute365 says:

    Nice selection there – very interesting you throw a bone to the porters/stouts! Nice call… I’m not a dark beer fan myself but this one has me thinking about some good milk stouts like Lancaster Brewery. And that oak aged Yeti… YUM!

  • PD says:

    Sixpoint Sweet Action and beagles are two of my favorite things. Kids, not so much.

  • Shymaa says:

    I’m interested to get your take on these, Mike. I didn’t enjoy TNP, as I thguoht it’s flavor was sacrificed for hitting big numbers. Also, I’d like to see these stacked up against your mega-beer.[] Reply:March 28th, 2010 at 1:10 pmI’ll definitely have a take on them I don’t know when. Once I figure some stuff out, I may have to send out a few of the big ones that weren’t eisbocked and whiskeyed. Still, almost 22% is nothing to sneeze at.[]

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