It’s Hot, but Here Goes

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).

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