What do you need for a Fantastic Fourth? Beer, of course! We put together a three-step formula for a banging Independence Day celebration.
Let’s Begin with a Beer Cocktail!
Every birthday should start off with a celebratory toast. Let’s say ‘Cheers’ to our great nation with this amazing beer cocktail, our take on a Moscow Mule.
Photo credit: Hey Brewtiful
- 2 shots of vodka
- 1 shot lime juice
- 1/2 shot of simple syrup
- 1 shot of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Add vodka, lime juice, simple syrup + ice into a shaker. Pour into a cocktail glass, top with Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, garnish with a lime + enjoy!
Then Pick a Brew for your ‘Cue.
What’s your BBQ style – do you like a sweet southern sauce or are you into a vinegar twang like the folks in North Carolina enjoy? Whatever your type, you’ll want a beer that can stand up to your sauce but not overpower it. A pale ale or pilsener comes to mind and my favorite at the time is Emergency Drinking Beer made right here in Metro Atlanta by Wild Heaven Brewery. Its low ABV (4%), low hop bitterness (10 IBU) and crisp finish make it an easy one to enjoy with your first, second and third helping.
Be Sure to Save Room for Dessert!
There’s no dessert more American than apple pie and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pair our country’s favorite dessert with a yummy brew. Beer and apple pie make a perfect pairing. Below are two of my favorites.
Victory At Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter [Ballast Point Brewing Company; 10% ABV; 60 IBU]
It’d be almost like having coffee with dessert except it’s a beer! Victory at Sea isn’t overly sweet, has really nice vanilla notes and caramel undertones. How can that be a bad pairing?
Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout [Rogue Ales; 5.8% ABV; 60 IBU]
If you’re not into a beer with coffee notes, try this oatmeal stout by Rogue Ales. The addition of oats result in a super velvety mouthfeel with a touch of sweetness. You’ll still find some roasted malt notes but not aggressively so. It should balance well with sweet apple pie.
Enjoy the Holiday!
What’s on your brew menu for Independence Day 2016? Do you have a favorite brew for ‘cue? Let us know what you’ll be popping open this holiday. Cheers!