I’m continuing through my beer collection that’s too large at the moment. Last night and tonight were no different. Luckily, I have a lot of very refreshing beer, which is perfect for these ridiculously hot and humid summer nights.
Over the holiday weekend, I had a bunch of Festina Pêche. I believe I’ve written about that before. So to keep it short (and me somewhat dry), I’ll just say that it was a perfect BBQ beer. It’s refreshing, easy drinking, and well worth a try, even if you’re not into beer because it doesn’t taste like any beer you’ve ever had (unless you’re like me and are really into beer).
Last night I decided to crack open my bottle of Rock Art Jasmine Pale Ale. It sounded like a nice light beer, perfect for a hot day. I was right. It’s basically an amber ale brewed with jasmine. It’s got a nice light flavor with a little floweriness (if that’s even a word) and a nice herbal quality. It’s light, it’s not too sweet, but it hit the spot. I give it two thumbs up. Later on, I decided to try Dark and Stormy Night from Picaroons, the 5th beer from my trip to New Brunswick. The label calls it a dark wheat ale and describes it as a German dunkel crossed with an English ale, and that’s exactly what it was. It’s got a nice roasted quality with a nice wheaty/yeasty breadiness. There’s a hint of caramel as well. I was going to add it to Beer Advocate because it wasn’t there last I checked, but someone beat me to it. I reviewed it anyway. It was added as a dunkelweizen, though I was going to add it as an English brown ale because, to me, that’s what it tasted like (though the wheat and yeast obviously were what threw me off).
Tonight I started with Aprihop, which I have talked about here, but is one of my favorite summer beers (even though Dogfish Head releases it in the spring for some reason). It’s a nice fruity IPA with the apricots balancing off the hops bitterness. It’s very refreshing, even though it’s 7% ABV. With dinner, I had 1809 from Weihenstephaner, a Berliner Weissbier. It was absolutely awesome, though the first pour was a bit foamy. It pours a nice pale grassy yellow with a lot of effervescent bubbles. If I didn’t smell it, I would’ve called it a pilsener. However, I did smell it and it has a lot of sour notes to it. Basically, it’s a sour wheat beer, though quite refreshing and not quite as sour as a lambic. It’s very light and very drinkable, and absolutely perfect for a night like tonight with temps in the upper 80’s.
I need to get out of this room, it’s really hot in here (I should invest in another air conditioner for my home office).