To wit, these are the beer styles and a few specific bottles that I'll be sipping alongside my salads:
• Saisons: My current favorite beer style. Saisons tend to have soft fruit flavors and a fizzy mouthfeel that leaves you feeling refreshed after each sip. Beers to Try: Saison Rue from The Bruery and Bam Bière from Jolly Pumpkin
• Fruit Lambics: These will have stronger fruit flavors than a saison, almost like juice in beer form. It can be fun to pair a specific fruit lambic with the fruit in your salad. Beers to Try: Lindemans Pêche (Peach) Lambic and Cantillon Kriek (Cherry) Lambic
• Summer Ales: Almost every brewery has their own signature summer ale. Typically, these beers are brewed with some amount of wheat for a soft foamy mouthfeel and have lots of bright citrusy flavors. Beers to Try: Sam Adam's Summer Ale and Oberon Ale from Bells Brewery
• Hefeweizens: These were the original summer ale! Brewed with almost 50% wheat (or more), hefeweizens are decidedly creamy in texture. A special yeast gives them a tart flavor with hints of banana and clove. Beers to Try: Paulaner Hefeweissbier and Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus Brewing Co.
• American Amber Ales: And sometimes you just can't go wrong with a basic, middle-of-the-road amber ale. These can range from super hoppy to super malty, and for salads, I try to find those that fall in the middle. Beers to Try: Full Sail Amber Ale from Full Sail Brewery and Copperhook from Redhook Ale Brewery
What will you be drinking with your salads this summer?
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