83, 84, 86, 90…. are you ready for the hot weather we are expecting over the next week here in Seattle? People around here tend to freak out a bit when the temps get this high, and since pretty much none of us have air conditioning I can’t say that I blame anyone. But, this weather sure is perfect for sitting on a patio somewhere sipping on something refreshing. Just make sure to drink some water, too.
What are your favorite beers for weather like this? Here are a few suggestions that you should be able to find around town:
Silver City Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager – This unfiltered German-style “Zwickelbier” is one of my favorite local lagers. A solid malt base with a grassy hop character and a mild bitterness. Just 5% ABV and plenty of flavor. In bottles and on tap around town.
Big Al Sunshine Slowdown – This 4.8% ABV session IPA is perfect for hop-heads. Light and refreshing with the hop flavors taking place front and center, but still enough malt to keep it balanced. On tap at Big Al Brewing.
Naked City Beer Garden Summer Pale – Enjoy this 4.0% ABV American-style pale ale in Naked City’s sizable new Walrus Beer Garden. Another option would be their 3.9% ABV English-style mild. You can have a couple of pints…so why not try both?
Chuckanut Pils – This is one of the few WA lagers that I just can’t pass up if I see it on tap. Bready malts and grassy/peppery hops combine with a crisp, moderately bitter finish. I love this beer. If you can’t find this, their Kölsch is a good choice as well.
Alpine Hefeweizen – Nothing exotic here, just one of the best examples of a traditional German-style hefeweizen that you’ll find in the NW. I haven’t seen this one on tap in a while, but Schultzy’s on the Ave is a good place to try and find it.
Maritime Pacific Oatmeal Pale Ale – Smooth bready malts and citrus hops combine in this sessionable 5.0% ABV brew. Tippe & Drague just had this on recently, so I’m assuming you can find this around town or at least at the brewery. If you can’t find it though, give their new Summer Wheat a try. It was just released yesterday at the brewery.
Hale’s Pale Ale – I’ll admit I hadn’t had this one in quite a long time until I was given a six-pack of it yesterday, but it’s a very solid, refreshing pale ale. The can I had was ultra fresh, and the hop flavors were standing out nicely. More malt balance than your typical NW pale. Clean, light and refreshing. Look for six-packs of 12oz cans soon. Also on draft and in bottles. Just 4.7% ABV.