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Independence Day is upon us, and whether you’re planning a leisure day on the lake or staying cool by the pool, one thing remains consistent: Beer will be involved.
The question arises—which beer to bring along to your Fourth festivities? Some will cling to the classic pilsner found at every convenience store everywhere, but others will adopt the microbrew trend and maybe even try something new.
Whatever you’re drinking, it needs to be cold and—surprise—it should be canned for maximum freshness. Here are some canned microbrews that’ll satisfy your palate and keep you refreshed.
The Founder’s All Day IPA is a beer that’s trending this summer. The M.O. for this beer is “balance”. Brewed with a complex array of malt, grains and hops, this beer is truly a session ale, which is something you’ll find standard with most micro summer brews. A session beer is a balanced, quaffable beer containing no more than five percent alcohol by volume (ABV).
These beers are known for their easy drinkability, which is important in the summer when you’re drinking to stay cool and hydrated. Whole Food’s beer buyer Jason Charlesworth says a session beer is a good choice for the Fourth because the consumer can drink a few and not feel weighed down by the beer.
Another session beer that’s hot this summer is Terrapin’s RecreationAle. This hopped-up session ale is perfect for any outdoor activity. Jason pointed out that drinkers of this beer love the 12-pack cans to grab and go.
If session beers aren’t your cup of tea (or should I say, can of beer), never fear. Oskar Blue’s Mamas Little Yella Pils is a different take on your typical pilsner. This hop-forward pilsner is a classic clear golden color, but has a full-flavored taste that can only be created by a microbrewery. Finch’s Beer Company’s Wet Hot American Wheat has an initial sweetness balanced by a hoppy finish.
Jason believes even those who aren’t particularly fond of wheat beers will enjoy this one. “Some people are turned off by wheat beer,” he says. “I myself don’t drink most wheat beers—but this is just a good beer.”
Whatever your plans are for this Fourth of July have fun, and remember to stay cool, stay safe, and pick up a canned six-pack along the way.
Happy Independence Day!