How to Choose a Refreshing Beer
While beer is often seen as only a pub drink or refresher, the truth is… sky is the limit! Whether it be Deus Brut des Flandres on New Year’s Eve or a Lambic fruit beer as a digestif, beer varies in suitability much more than most people realise.
However on a hot summer day, there is nothing better than a beer as a refresher is easy. So what beer should you go for? Here are some ideas:
The most obvious choice is a chilled lager. One reason pilsner beer varieties have become so widespread is for their cold-served thirst-quenching traits. They are great after exercise, at barbeques and other events in the sun.
Also consider pale wheat beers. They tend to be light and spritsy and go well with summer foods too. Try German oneswith light sausage and meats, while the citrusy notes in Belgian Wit Beers are great additions to salads and cold fish dishes.
But you can be more adventurous too. Try the Belgian Saison style for example. These beers were created as a thirst quencher for hard-working farmers in rural Belgium for summer harvest months. Their delicate spiced notes also make them fantastic complements to marinades in barbequed meats.
Other great refreshers are the English Pale Ales and their hoppier cousins the India Pale Ales (IPAs). The various new hop varieties found in modern IPAs give them very fruity notes too, often reflecting exotic fruits such as lychee, pineapple and passion fruit.
Finally try the Lambic beers or Flemish Reds as refreshers. These have extremely complex flavours but with an underlying sourness. Like in a freshly made lemonade, the sourness provides for a real refreshing experience when chilled right down.
Then also try the fruit lambic beers such as Kriek (Cherry), Framboise (Raspberry) or Peche (Peach). These are fermented with real fruit, the sweetness of which balances out the sourness. Serve them from an ice bucket in flute glasses, like you would a Champagne.
Or for the ultimate in classy refresher of the malt variety, try the Malheur Cuvée Royale.