Beat the Heat with These Refreshing Local Beers

June 28th, 2013 · 10 Comments · Washington Breweries

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.





10 Comments so far ↓

  • Ben

    I would love for Fremont to make their SBW5 session ale available as a permanent spring and summer seasonal.

  • Kaiser

    I completely agree, Ben. Love that beer.

  • Bart Traubeck

    Alpine Hefeweizen is currently on tap in the following accounts:

    Anthonys Woodfire Grill – Everett

    Caffe Appassionato

    Outlander Brewing

    Roosevelt Alehouse

    Total Wine & More 1401 – Bellevue

    Whistle Stop Alehouse – Renton

    World of Beer

  • Nick

    It is a travesty that Fremont Summer Ale was left off this list.

  • Kaiser

    I love Fremont Summer Ale.

  • +Russ

    Fremont Solstice! 😉

  • Dean Ruffner

    I’ve wondered what happened to those glasses?

  • Jim

    I agree with the other comments. Both the Fremont and Snoqualmie Falls Summer Ales are well deserving of this list.

    Not sure why the author left them off. In my opinion, they are far better than anything Big Al puts out (except his Winter Beer, which is pretty good).

  • Kaiser

    I will repeat, I love Fremont Summer. There are plenty of other summer beers I enjoy as well that I left off. My intent wasn’t to list everything…and Fremont Summer must already be one of the most popular summer seasonals in town.

    So, Jim, you have then tasted the Big Al Sunshine Slowdown?

  • Melissa

    No doubt Fremont Summer Ale is very good, but in my opinion Big Al’s Sunshine Slowdown is delicious. Maritime has some amazing seasonal summer beers as well. We’re lucky to be surrounded by many excellent brews. Cheers all!

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