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(CNN)   13 beers of summer to the left. Discussion of better beers for summer to the right   (eatocracy.cnn.com) divider line 135
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2013-07-16 09:35:25 PM  
I'd add Anchor's California Lager. I'm really digging it, it's a good session beer and great in the hot weather.
 
2013-07-16 10:24:15 PM  
I've been to the Firestone Walker Brewery, and in addition to great beers (which we will be serving at our wedding), their food was quite tasty.  Definitely hit it up if you're in the Paso Robles area.
 
2013-07-16 11:33:54 PM  
If they're going to put Sam Adams on the list, they should include the vastly superior Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  As far as the macro-micro-brews go, it's hands down the best.

I'll also vote for Dogfish Head Positive Contact.  A little bit sweet on the initial taste, and with some definite apple notes, it's still refreshing and summery more than fall and wintery.
 
2013-07-16 11:44:52 PM  
No Summer Shandy? farking massive fail. I don't care if it's common, it's delicious.
 
2013-07-17 12:43:12 AM  
Screw summer beer. Possmann Frankfurter Apfelwein!
 
2013-07-17 12:45:25 AM  
beerandamovie.files.wordpress.com

Tried some of this on a recent business trip.  I don't know if I'd call it a "summer beer", but it's very, very good.
 
2013-07-17 12:46:12 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: If they're going to put Sam Adams on the list, they should include the vastly superior Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  As far as the macro-micro-brews go, it's hands down the best.


Considering we're talking specifically about summer beers, Sierra Nevada's Summerfest lager would probably be more appropriate, no?
 
2013-07-17 01:01:35 AM  
And not a single NW beer was mentioned - farking east coasters. I'll forgive him a little bit for giving a shout out to Gose beer style.
 
2013-07-17 01:03:56 AM  
These threads always depress the hell out of me.

Been living in Japan 4 years.  It all tastes the farking same here.  Asahi, Sapporo, Yebisu, Kirin... each with like 10 seasonal varieties- all taste sort of decent and cold and refreshing and not particularly flavorful.They're great for barbecues or ramen restaurants or what have you, but I'm really starting to lose my mind.   Microbreweries (ji-biiru) exist here and there, but they're stupid expensive, they aren't sold in most liquor stores, you can't buy a sixer of them, generally, and people sort of chuckle when asked about them, like they're some bizarre foreigner delicacy for people who don't understand how beer is supposed to taste.  Granted, in Tokyo or Osaka this isn't so much the case... but for me, dear holy fark, how I wish I could get my hands on a decent beer.
 
2013-07-17 01:09:34 AM  

Fair_Poopsmith: These threads always depress the hell out of me.

Been living in Japan 4 years.  It all tastes the farking same here.  Asahi, Sapporo, Yebisu, Kirin... each with like 10 seasonal varieties- all taste sort of decent and cold and refreshing and not particularly flavorful.They're great for barbecues or ramen restaurants or what have you, but I'm really starting to lose my mind.   Microbreweries (ji-biiru) exist here and there, but they're stupid expensive, they aren't sold in most liquor stores, you can't buy a sixer of them, generally, and people sort of chuckle when asked about them, like they're some bizarre foreigner delicacy for people who don't understand how beer is supposed to taste.  Granted, in Tokyo or Osaka this isn't so much the case... but for me, dear holy fark, how I wish I could get my hands on a decent beer.


Can you not homebrew? I guess it's nontrivial to get equiment, hops, grains, yeast, etc.? I'd totes ship you a kit. The most non-trivial part of it is temperature control. but if you have room in a 3'x3' closet for a fan and a fermenter with a wet tshirt over it, you can make beer.
 
2013-07-17 01:15:58 AM  

residentgeek: Fair_Poopsmith: These threads always depress the hell out of me.

Been living in Japan 4 years.  It all tastes the farking same here.  Asahi, Sapporo, Yebisu, Kirin... each with like 10 seasonal varieties- all taste sort of decent and cold and refreshing and not particularly flavorful.They're great for barbecues or ramen restaurants or what have you, but I'm really starting to lose my mind.   Microbreweries (ji-biiru) exist here and there, but they're stupid expensive, they aren't sold in most liquor stores, you can't buy a sixer of them, generally, and people sort of chuckle when asked about them, like they're some bizarre foreigner delicacy for people who don't understand how beer is supposed to taste.  Granted, in Tokyo or Osaka this isn't so much the case... but for me, dear holy fark, how I wish I could get my hands on a decent beer.

Can you not homebrew? I guess it's nontrivial to get equiment, hops, grains, yeast, etc.? I'd totes ship you a kit. The most non-trivial part of it is temperature control. but if you have room in a 3'x3' closet for a fan and a fermenter with a wet tshirt over it, you can make beer.


I actually can-  did it once back when I lived in Denver.

Temperature control is certainly a biatch here.  My AC is good for my living room and not much else.  Temp hit 39C this week.  Finding equipment and necessary goods is another story- I'd have to order basically everything from overseas.  It's just not a real hobby here, near as I can see.  Lots of people make japanese sake and umeshuu, but not so much beer. There's one department store that sells a kit, but it's sort of a joke, and I haven't had any luck finding an actual homebrew shop within 5 hours of where I live.  Perhaps there's one in Tokyo, but I haven't had the chance to go hunting for one.    If you have a good source for equipment and PayPal, perhaps we should talk.
 
2013-07-17 01:18:18 AM  
Sam Adams porch rocker. Very refreshing.

The beer list here is just 'good beer' and has no relation to summer. Next time pick beers good for a particular situation, article.
 
2013-07-17 01:27:41 AM  
Why are beer threads suddenly on the Geek Tab?
 
2013-07-17 01:32:57 AM  

HeartBurnKid: TuteTibiImperes: If they're going to put Sam Adams on the list, they should include the vastly superior Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  As far as the macro-micro-brews go, it's hands down the best.

Considering we're talking specifically about summer beers, Sierra Nevada's Summerfest lager would probably be more appropriate, no?


I'm not sure if I've seen it.  The Pale Ale is nice because it's easy to come by.  It's available at almost any liquor or grocery store nationwide (though to be fair, I've never tried to find it in counties where the firearms outnumber the teeth of the residents).  Plus, it's hoppy, crisp, and refreshing, just what you want in a summer beer.
 
2013-07-17 01:33:17 AM  

Elzar: And not a single NW beer was mentioned - farking east coasters. I'll forgive him a little bit for giving a shout out to Gose beer style.


There's a reason for that. PacNW beers are ass for "summertime" because of this current trend of hopping the fark out of everything (except the stouts). When Sierra Nevada brought out the Pale Ale, it scored somewhere around 30 IBUs. The human sense of taste can't differentiate much past 60 IBUs, and a distressing number of PacNW beers - even the ones described as "not hoppy" clock in north of 80; the highest I've ever seen is 120 and I wouldn't drink the nasty motherfarker.

When the secret to your success your whole formula is "I know! Let's add more and different hops!" you don't get a smooth easy-drinking hot weather beer.

It's like making chili, and trying to "make it gourmet" by adding three cups of ghost peppers. At some point, you lose the thread of what you're actually trying to do and just make something that people consume solely to make other people think they aren't pussies.

Give me a good pils or a heffie anyday. fark, I'll drink goddamn Miller HighLife before I'll drink 99% of the beer brewed here in Oregon or Washington.
 
2013-07-17 01:34:58 AM  
Oh, and somebody mentioned shandy. Oh hell yes. I had a can of that with dinner the other night, it was fan-farking-tastic. I'm going to stock the cooler with it the next time we go out for a daytime anything.
 
2013-07-17 01:45:24 AM  
beerimages.pintley.com

2.bp.blogspot.com

Either one will do me on a really hot day.
 
2013-07-17 01:47:35 AM  

Drunken_Empath: Elzar: And not a single NW beer was mentioned - farking east coasters. I'll forgive him a little bit for giving a shout out to Gose beer style.

There's a reason for that. PacNW beers are ass for "summertime" because of this current trend of hopping the fark out of everything (except the stouts). When Sierra Nevada brought out the Pale Ale, it scored somewhere around 30 IBUs. The human sense of taste can't differentiate much past 60 IBUs, and a distressing number of PacNW beers - even the ones described as "not hoppy" clock in north of 80; the highest I've ever seen is 120 and I wouldn't drink the nasty motherfarker.

When the secret to your success your whole formula is "I know! Let's add more and different hops!" you don't get a smooth easy-drinking hot weather beer.

It's like making chili, and trying to "make it gourmet" by adding three cups of ghost peppers. At some point, you lose the thread of what you're actually trying to do and just make something that people consume solely to make other people think they aren't pussies.

Give me a good pils or a heffie anyday. fark, I'll drink goddamn Miller HighLife before I'll drink 99% of the beer brewed here in Oregon or Washington.


Wouldn't hops be good for summer beer?  Hops add bitterness, bitter is refreshing, so hops at to refreshment (within reason of course).  I'm not sure I've had much beer from the PNW, so I can't really comment on the relative merits.  DFH 60 Minute IPA is about the top end as far as how hoppy I like it.
 
2013-07-17 01:53:41 AM  

Fair_Poopsmith: These threads always depress the hell out of me.

Been living in Japan 4 years.  It all tastes the farking same here.  Asahi, Sapporo, Yebisu, Kirin... each with like 10 seasonal varieties- all taste sort of decent and cold and refreshing and not particularly flavorful.They're great for barbecues or ramen restaurants or what have you, but I'm really starting to lose my mind.   Microbreweries (ji-biiru) exist here and there, but they're stupid expensive, they aren't sold in most liquor stores, you can't buy a sixer of them, generally, and people sort of chuckle when asked about them, like they're some bizarre foreigner delicacy for people who don't understand how beer is supposed to taste.  Granted, in Tokyo or Osaka this isn't so much the case... but for me, dear holy fark, how I wish I could get my hands on a decent beer.


I know the feel.

But, hey, maybe it's a potential business opportunity in Japan, too.

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/22/10814742-great-lea p- brewery-pursuing-the-american-dream-in-china?lite
 
2013-07-17 01:54:48 AM  

sendtodave: http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/22/10814742-great-lea p- brewery-pursuing-the-american-dream-in-china?lite


Better link

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2011-07-12-Americans-China -d reams-transplants_n.htm
 
2013-07-17 01:57:04 AM  
www.latimes.com

One of my favorites on a hellishly warm Texas day....
 
2013-07-17 02:16:31 AM  
Don't drink this.

beerpulse.com

I thought they were being cute.

They were being serious.

It tastes like apple cider, which wouldn't be bad if it was apple cider.
 
2013-07-17 02:25:58 AM  

buzzcut73: [beerimages.pintley.com image 350x350]


Either one will do me on a really hot day.


The Longboard Lager is perfect for the hot days of summer. I prefer the golden ale earlier in the spring.
 
2013-07-17 02:26:45 AM  
Ithaca Flower Power IPA and Victory Summer Love enjoy a healthy rotation in my house.
 
2013-07-17 03:16:51 AM  
New Glarus has some great beers, but only if you can get to Wisconsin. Which reminds me, I drank the last bottle of Edel Pils tonight.
 
2013-07-17 04:17:24 AM  
Batch 19.
 
2013-07-17 05:10:22 AM  
I live in the Bay Area, where you might possibly have three weeks of moderate-to-hot weather, if you crammed all those days together. Usually, it's overcast and chilly here in late July--as it is right now--and therefore my all-around favorite is North Coast Brewery's Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Not something you want to drink when it's 105*F, but that's what, two days a year? Holy Gods, Old Rasputin is delicious stuff  the other 363 days of the year.
/Never Say Die!
//Cthulhu fhtagn Rl'yeh, and don't forget it!
 
2013-07-17 06:40:50 AM  

Drunken_Empath: Elzar: And not a single NW beer was mentioned - farking east coasters. I'll forgive him a little bit for giving a shout out to Gose beer style.

There's a reason for that. PacNW beers are ass for "summertime" because of this current trend of hopping the fark out of everything (except the stouts). When Sierra Nevada brought out the Pale Ale, it scored somewhere around 30 IBUs. The human sense of taste can't differentiate much past 60 IBUs, and a distressing number of PacNW beers - even the ones described as "not hoppy" clock in north of 80; the highest I've ever seen is 120 and I wouldn't drink the nasty motherfarker.

When the secret to your success your whole formula is "I know! Let's add more and different hops!" you don't get a smooth easy-drinking hot weather beer.

It's like making chili, and trying to "make it gourmet" by adding three cups of ghost peppers. At some point, you lose the thread of what you're actually trying to do and just make something that people consume solely to make other people think they aren't pussies.

Give me a good pils or a heffie anyday. fark, I'll drink goddamn Miller HighLife before I'll drink 99% of the beer brewed here in Oregon or Washington.


I tend to agree with you. A good Hefeweisen is the ultimate summer beer - it's a pity that it's not gotten as popular in the States as it should be.

Also - I completely agree with the sentiment towards the current hops obsession in the craft brew market. Hopefully it will mature a little bit in the near term :)
 
2013-07-17 06:53:31 AM  
What happened to Fark? This is a beer thread, and everyone is agreeing with each other! 

Oh, maybe it's cause everyone is busy disagreeing with the shiatty article?
 
2013-07-17 07:02:48 AM  
Random list of good beers is random.

I just brewed a great wheat beer for my neighborhood to share:
Grain bill was 4 pounds pale malt and 5 pounds wheat, 1 pound crystal 20.
Two additions of Citra hops: .25 ounce at 60mins and .75 ounces at 10 mins. (26 IBU.)
Kaffir lime leaves and lemon zest thrown in for the last 10 minutes of the boil.

Light, crisp, 4.5% ABV with a light hazy yellow color. Aroma of mango and peach from the citra hops, very subtle fruit rind bitterness from the zest and kaffir lime leaves that compliment the wheat backbone.

blueviking: One of my favorites on a hellishly warm Texas day....


I was out in Hawaii a couple months ago and REALLY wanted to like that one (my wife likes pineapple and was excited when she saw it). Sadly, it just didn't hit all the notes for me. Just personal taste, I guess.

TuteTibiImperes: they should include the vastly superior Sierra Nevada Pale Ale


Sierra Nevada Summer Lager is amazing too!
 
2013-07-17 07:14:10 AM  
Saisons
Blondes
Wheat/hefe
Pilsner
Kolsch

Those are my favorite styles for the summer. But some of you need to grow a pair.
 
2013-07-17 07:14:54 AM  

discount sushi: New Glarus has some great beers, but only if you can get to Wisconsin. Which reminds me, I drank the last bottle of Edel Pils tonight.


I've only had them once when a friend from WI brought them from home.  They are so damn good.
 
2013-07-17 07:27:16 AM  
I'll stick to my homebrew, ty.
 
2013-07-17 07:27:49 AM  

WinoRhino: Random list of good beers is random.

I just brewed a great wheat beer for my neighborhood to share:
Grain bill was 4 pounds pale malt and 5 pounds wheat, 1 pound crystal 20.
Two additions of Citra hops: .25 ounce at 60mins and .75 ounces at 10 mins. (26 IBU.)
Kaffir lime leaves and lemon zest thrown in for the last 10 minutes of the boil.

Light, crisp, 4.5% ABV with a light hazy yellow color. Aroma of mango and peach from the citra hops, very subtle fruit rind bitterness from the zest and kaffir lime leaves that compliment the wheat backbone.

blueviking: One of my favorites on a hellishly warm Texas day....

I was out in Hawaii a couple months ago and REALLY wanted to like that one (my wife likes pineapple and was excited when she saw it). Sadly, it just didn't hit all the notes for me. Just personal taste, I guess.

TuteTibiImperes: they should include the vastly superior Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Summer Lager is amazing too!



Hmmm, might be...I love their Coconut Porter, too, during the cooler months. If it's not MBC that I'm sipping on during the summer, it's usually a Leinie's Shandy or a Shiner of some sort.
 
2013-07-17 07:27:57 AM  

fusillade762: Why are beer threads suddenly on the Geek Tab?


Because the new trend in beer threads is, by the fifth comment, having someone talk about homebrewing as an alternative to whatever swill TFA is mentioning.

Don't get me wrong, I love homebrews. I make my own wine, rather than beer, but I'm still a fan of DIY alcohol.

But the essence of the Geek Tab, to me, is that virtually every comment could start with "no, that's stupid". Combine that with the sort of "just do it yourself" comments normally reserved for a PC/ Mac/ Linux thread, and boom: beer threads go to the Geek Tab.
 
2013-07-17 07:30:57 AM  
Don't care so much what season it is, as long as there's Heady Topper in my refrigerator.
 
2013-07-17 07:37:04 AM  
Crooked Letter Brewing "Mystery Romp"

http://crookedletterbrewing.com/mystery_romp_7.html

Chocolatey smooth goodness...
...almost worth a trip to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to find it.
 
2013-07-17 08:01:47 AM  
farm2.staticflickr.com

Best summer beer.
 
2013-07-17 08:03:01 AM  
i1247.photobucket.com

Best Summer beer........PERIOD!
 
2013-07-17 08:04:34 AM  
i1247.photobucket.com

Oh, and this one as well!!!
 
2013-07-17 08:22:54 AM  
Not as good as last years Tripel Hop, but still tasty, refreshing and surprisingly crisp despite the high abv

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-17 08:24:55 AM  
You guys are a bunch of beer snobs. NTTIAWWT, but geez, I don't drink watered down domestic macrobrews either (Blue Moon being the exception) but geez I haven't heard of most of what you guys are talking about. I will say, beer should not have fruit flavoring of any sort
 
2013-07-17 08:26:09 AM  

fusillade762: Why are beer threads suddenly on the Geek Tab?


I guess it's the tab that most closely resembles "Snob", maybe?
 
2013-07-17 08:28:27 AM  

ModernPrimitive01: beer should not have fruit flavoring of any sort


True, for the most part. Unless it's a framboise, kriek or another fruit lambic.
 
2013-07-17 08:38:05 AM  

discount sushi: New Glarus has some great beers, but only if you can get to Wisconsin. Which reminds me, I drank the last bottle of Edel Pils tonight.


yeah including a beer with such limited availability confused me too. about time to invent a reason to drive up north and fill the trunk up with spotted cow though.
 
2013-07-17 08:41:47 AM  
You think they would have tried a little harder and listed this Sam Adams product...

www.freewebs.com
 
2013-07-17 08:44:59 AM  
This list is just wrong without:

www.theperfectlyhappyman.com
 
2013-07-17 08:49:28 AM  
trumer pils is the only beer for summer.
 
2013-07-17 08:50:14 AM  
List fails without Icehouse, BTW. Honorable mention for Pearl in a can.
 
2013-07-17 08:51:05 AM  
www.thegreatestbeerofalltime.com
 
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