Looking for the perfect beer to pair with your summer fare? Chris Denton, our Belmont Beer Steward Extraordinaire, shares his top six picks for this summer.
21st Amendment Brewing: Bitter American ISA
This fairly new style of beer features a similar aggressive hop profile as a traditional IPA but with an alcohol level of less than 5%, as opposed to the 6-8% of most IPAs. This beer comes in a picnic-friendly six pack of 12 oz. cans. Pair this outstanding beer with anything from fried chicken to grilled salmon.
Fort George Brewing: Quick Wit
Quick Wit is inspired by the cloudy, thirst-quenching beers from Belgium, like Hoegaarden with a Northwest twist. It starts out with aromas of clove and orange peel and finishes with a generous helping of malt, perfect for a post-hike beverage. It’s available in a four-pack of 16 oz. cans.
Maui Brewing: Mana Wheat
Aloha! This wheat beer is made with local Maui pineapple juice added – perfect for your next backyard tiki party. It’s available in a six pack of 12 oz. cans.
Pelican Brewing: Kiwanda Cream Ale
Located in the tiny town of Pacific City along the Oregon Coast, this brewery has been brewing award-winning beers for 14 years. This beer is based on the pre-Prohibition beer style — light and golden in color with a floral hop aroma. It’s perfect with shrimp salad or fish & chips and is available in 22 oz. bottles.
Heater Allen: Pils
This is a super smooth beer and is based on the crisp, golden beers of the Czech Republic. It’s perfect with grilled bratwursts or fish tacos and comes in 22 oz. bottles.
Stillwater/Mikkeller: Two Gypsies Saison
This beer is a deep gold in color and has aromas of clove and spice, but is more full-bodied and hoppier than a pilsner. It’s available in a 750ml bottle and is the perfect beer to have after working in the yard all day!