It’s rare these days that I have more than a couple of the same beer in a given week. I like to continually try as many different offerings as I can, and my fridge is full of a variety of individual bottles. But, right now I am completely and utterly in love with the Fremont Brewing Solstice Pale Ale, which is the brewery’s summer seasonal.
I kept running into this easy-drinking, but hoppy, pale ale everywhere I went last week. First, I enjoyed a couple at Collins Pub before heading to see my Cubs get whooped by the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday. The next day, I found it inside Safeco Field on tap at my favorite beer stand (the “hidden” one lower level on 3B side behind Ichiroll). And then, this weekend we were at Whole Foods picking up beer for a BBQ, and there it was again…this time as part of the store’s “Fresh Fills” growler program. I couldn’t pass it up.
The Solstice is made primarily with Amarillo hops, and that’s what sticks out the most in the brew. Citrus and floral hop flavors are all over the place, but the bitterness remains nice and low. The base beer is a light biscuit malt that adds just enough contrast. Great balance of flavors and “drinkability”.
I’ll continue to drink the hell out of this beer whenever I see it this summer….and I’d suggest you do the same! In addition to finding it all over town, you can grab some at their Urban Beer Garden as well.