Welcome to July! Summer is officially in swing, so here is a round-up of some of the beers I’ve been drinking that are appropriate for warm-weather yard work, patio relaxation and, of course, post-run refreshment.
Anchor Summer Wheat
The ideal lawnmower beer for hot, sunny days. Anchor’s Summer Wheat is a what you see is what you get kind of beer. Except no surprises with the session 4.5% ABV beer. It’s light enough on its own to drink out of the can during yard work, and you could get more flavor out of it by making it into a radler.
Unlike the last wheat beer I mentioned, there’s a lot going on with this 3 Sheeps offering. The dark coloring foreshadows the complex flavorings, including chocolatey and coffee-flavored finishing. This is the beer you reach for when you can’t decide between another cup of coffee, or starting your first beer of the day.
No shame. Sometimes when it’s really hot and you’re thirsty, you want a beer that almost tastes like water. I drank this beer after running the Schlitz Miler next to the old Schlitz brewery grounds, which is now home to an office park. I finished in 4:39, a new PR, and at that point a Schlitz really hit the spot.
Long Weekend by Big Bay Brewing Co
An IPA is like the 5K of craft beers. It’s the most popular out of all the varieties. It works for a weekday evening or the weekend daytime. And it’s almost impossible to screw up badly enough that you don’t enjoy it. The 5K is my go-to distance, and the IPA is my go-to beer. So I made Big Bay’s IPA the finish line beer I selected after setting a PR in the 5K a few weeks ago, with a 17:33. Seemed appropriate.
My colleague Greg scored me some of the coveted Planet Series after a family trip from Michigan, home of Bell’s Brewery. This sub-5% ABV session Belgian was traditionally brewed by monks for their own consumption. Maybe I’m partial to Mercury since I have a tattoo of the Roman god’s winged sandal on my ankle. The name is just one more reason to enjoy this after a run.
How about you? What are you drinking this summer?