Sunday, June 10, 2007

Summer Picks 2007

Coors’ Blue Moon Belgian White (yes it’s from Coors) is a refreshing, medium-bodied, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale spiced with fresh coriander and orange peel for a uniquely complex taste and an uncommonly smooth finish. It’s unfiltered, allowing protein and yeast to remain suspended in the beer creating the cloudy appearance. Twisting the lime ritual, Blue Moon is served with a slice of orange.

Alaskan Summer Ale is based on the traditional style of Kölsch beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. It balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of Hallertauer hops. Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.
Pyramid’s Hefe Weizen is left unfiltered for extra flavor and aroma. Handcrafted with 60% malted wheat (10% more than Bavarian tradition calls for), the award-winning Hefe Weizen is unsurpassed in quality and is exceptionally smooth and refreshing. This is America’s first original hefeweizen and is normally served with a slice of lemon.

Pyramid’s Curve Ball is also inspired by traditional Kölsch style beers. Curve Ball boasts a clean, crisp, slightly herbal taste and a lighter body making it the perfect accompaniment to summer grilling and ballpark outings.
Big Sky’s Summer Honey (Great on Tap) is a full-flavored seasonal ale which helps us shake off winter. It’s brewed during the early days of spring and released around the first of May. Light colored, light bodied and very drinkable, Summer Honey sacrifices nothing to create a flavorful beer that can be enjoyed during the height of the summer.
Samuel Adams Summer Ale is an American wheat ale that uses malted wheat as well as lemon zest and grains of paradise, a rare pepper from Africa, to create a crisp and spicy flavor and body. The ale fermentation imparts a tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. All of these come together to create a quenching, clean finishing beer perfect for summer days.

From the makers of Fat Tire, New Belgium’s Skinny Dip is a full-bodied, figure-friendly beer designed for the summer dress code. With the same amount of calories as most light beers, it’s perfect for the lightly attired summer months. Cascade hops, kaffir lime and ample malt create a bright, citrusy nose that’s as crisp as chilling in a mountain pond.
New Belgium’s Sunshine Wheat is a great beer for quenching thirst. Ripples of coriander and orange peel tartness settle nicely into a tranquil sea of apple and honey tones. A filtered wheat beer it’s a crisp, refreshing alternative to heavier-bodied heffe-weizens. Its silky pale golden color seems to beckon, “forget the half-finished lawn, kill the mower and come hither overworked one.”

Brian’s “all time” favorite beer (and a must try) is Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic. With a fragrant, slightly sweet aroma, Pilsner Urquell evokes images of grain, flowers and Bohemian sky. A hint of bitterness accompanies a buttery sensation. It’s best served chilled in order to complement the striking clarity and flavor. Just like summers in North Idaho, it’s gone all too quickly, leaving a powerful thirst for more of the same.

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