Pool time is approaching – what will be in your cooler?
Cans are your best bet when enjoying beer poolside. Don’t worry – those old school misconceptions about canned beer don’t really stand anymore. Nowadays, cans are lined, protecting beer from coming into contact with the aluminum which would otherwise taint its taste. Since light can’t pass through a can as with glass, it keeps the beer from going ‘skunky’. And with a seal as tight as you find in a can as compared to that of a bottle, no air can come into contact with the beer which would ruin the beer altogether.
So, now that it’s time to put your pool-hopping schedule together for the season, keep this shortlist of our favorite pool brews in your back pocket. They’ll make perfect poolside companions!
Gose – Westbrook Brewing, Co. (SC) | 4% ABV, 5 IBU
Pronounced “gose-uh”, Gose is a wild/sour ale. It’s typically unfiltered made from at least 50% malted wheat. Coriander adds a nice spicy note and the addition of salt will remind you of the beach. Westbrook Brewing Company (Mt. Pleasant, SC) has tailored a fine example of this traditional German-style sour wheat beer. The Gose style of beer is almost always on the lower end of the alcohol by volume spectrum, making them perfect for chain-sipping poolside.
Thai Wheat – Second Self Brewing Co (GA) | 5.1% ABV, 18 IBU
Second Self’s Thai Wheat beer is a spin on a classic style. The wheat base makes this one smooth and velvety like one would expect, however, lemongrass and ginger really take this one up a notch. Instead of the classic coriander and orange combo, this exotic match up will take your taste buds on a trip.
Cosmik Debris Double IPA – Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | 8.3% ABV, IBU = IDK
I’m a fan of anything that Creature Comforts brews. Anything. Their Tropicalia is arguably the best IPA on the streets right now and this DIPA is an amped up version. Even non-hopheads love it. It’s brewed using Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra and Columbus hops, so expect bitter, fruity, floral, citrusy, and woodsy notes. A few sites report the beer at 100 IBU, but I’ve not seen this info directly from the brewery, so who knows. At any rate, you can now find Cosmik Debris in a can. This will be your poolside IPA.
Ruby Redbird – Spoetzl Brewery (TX) | 4% ABV, 13 IBU
Ruby red grapefruit and ginger come together for this truly refreshing lager. It used to be a summer seasonal but has been made a part of the regular rotation for the brewery. But it’s something about the citrus and spice combo that make it absolutely perfect for the summer.
What Are You Drinking This Summer?
Do you have a favorite poolside, warm weather beer? Any particular styles you like to sip on during warm-weather outings? We want to hear from you. Cheers!