It’s hot out there, folks.
My parents and I were talking recently about how there’s really no difference between Summer in New York v. Summer in Florida anymore. Last week, in New York City, temperatures hit 102 degrees, and it’s been HUMID. Take 10 steps outside your air conditioned apartment door, and you feel like you’re in a swimming pool.
After our frigid Winter, I’m certainly not complaining. It’s just, when the weather gets this hot, one doesn’t want to drink a 14% Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, or a syrupy, full bodied, hop crazy New England Style IPA to quench their thirst. You want something super refreshing, something with a low ABV to keep your thirst quenched and continue on with your afternoon on the beach, or manning your grill, or laying around in your house or apartment with the A/C cranked down to 68 degrees!
So I’m here with some suggestions for you, to guide you through these blistering summer months, so that your swamp-Ass won’t be AS BAD as it could be (I could recommend some baby powders for you, but this is a blog about beer.)
So here’s a couple of brews to help you through these Summer months. Let me know what your go to beers are in the comments below!
Basically any Pilsner from Barrier Brewing Co.
Barrier Brewing Co. is from Oceanside, NY, basically steps away from the beach, and are known for making some of the best IPAs in New York (with names like “Money” and “Juice Chills” how could you go wrong?). They’ve released a number of Pilsners in the past year, including a collaboration with the New York Hardcore band Incendiary, called front Toward Pilsner, which combines malt sweetness with a lovely lemon bitterness, but dry enough that you want to keep sipping. Perfect for a day at the beach. They also made a collaboration Pilsner with the band Thrice, and The Randolph, a beer bar with three locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Called The Long Defeat, this beer is grassier and more vegetal than the other collab.
Also try: Barrier Imposter Pilsner.
Other Half Brewing Company Mmm… Fruit.
Again, you know Other Half as the kings of the New England Style IPA, with lines stretching blocks of Hazebros, waiting for a four pack of liquid gold. Other Half makes other remarkable beers that are not hazy IPAs, don’tcha know? Pictured above is Mmm… Fruit. A Berliner Weisse Style ale, this variation was brewed with Strawberry and Apricot. The sweetness from the strawberry paired quite well with the earthier, umami yet still sweet apricot. They’ve made 3 variations on this beer, most recently with Plum, and before that, with Orange, Pineapple, and Passionfruit. The tartness of this brew is just what the doctor ordered during this heatwave!
Also try: Other Half Forever Ever Session IPA
Urban Chestnut Urban Underdog American Lager.
This was given to me on my way out of Tørst, the wonderful beer bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, by our bartender Chase. Want an alternative to the Sam Adams’s of the world? If you live in or around St. Louis, ignore all the advertising for Anheuser Busch, go to your local beer distributor, and pick up this lovely, clean, crisp, malty sweet, American Lager. This has more caramel sweetness than a crisp pils, but is still sub 5% ABV, so it’s packing in a lot of flavor in a small package. Having a lazy summer Saturday at home? Crack this bad boy open in front of your television or out on your back porch (you have a back porch? Lucky!)
Also Try: Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz Hefeweizen
Jack’s Abby Post Shift Pilsner
This Pilsner has more of a bitter orange hop character on top of the crisp malt base, this beer is perfect for picnics (it will go with about any food you put in your mouth), or, as I’ve enjoyed it, as a shower beer… see below… Don’t worry, it’s safe for work.
See? It’s called Post Shift. Which means it’s for after work. Like, when you go home and take a shower. Don’t judge me!
Also try: Jack’s Abby Blood Orange Wheat
Thanks for reading along, and hopefully this post inspires you to run out and grab a cold beer for this warm weather.
What’s your go-to Summer Brew? Let us know!
Until next time,