5 beers to sip on this long weekend

5 beers to sip on this long weekend. (Supplied)

5 beers to sip on this long weekend. (Supplied)

Jordan St. John, Special to QMI Agency
 

, Last Updated: 5:32 PM ET

 

We’re into the first of many summer long weekends. Whether at the cottage, cabin or just taking it all in from the comforts of your backyard, prepping to make sure all this relaxation time turns out perfectly can be a lot of hard, thirsty work.

If you manage to get through it without too much hullabaloo, you’ll probably want to enjoy a few cold beers. Fortunately, this is the busy season for brewers and they’re all competing for your attention. In the heat, low alcohol content beer is best to help you keep cool, so here are some of my top recommendations.

Up first we’ve got Railway City’s Canada Southern Draft. At 4.3% alcohol, it’s a solid attempt at a Pilsner from a brewery that’s more commonly known for making craft ales. Rather than attempt to compete with the pale lagers, they’ve opted for a more assertive beer with some peppery hops to go along with the pronounced cereal and red apple in the aroma. It comes in cans, so it’s safe for outdoor drinking.

Collective Arts Saint of Circumstance is a sessionable blonde ale at 4.7% alcohol, it’s a nuanced and thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience. The hook here is that the variety of citrus character from Sorachi Ace, Citra and Amarillo hops and the zest of oranges and lemons. Initially, it comes across as practically floral, but the citrus builds cumulatively as you drink it. There is not much bitterness here, so the amount of flavour developed is really impressive.

If you’re in Alberta, you’ll want to keep a watch out for Calgary’s Village Brewery and their new Maiden India Session Ale (ISA). It’s 4.6% alcohol and has kept its bitterness in balance at a comparatively low 46 IBU’s. The hops are Cascade, Centennial and Zythos. They’re also using Waimea hops from New Zealand on the finish, which are a little like a cross between tangerine and grapefruit.

Finally, the new Mill Street Summer Sampler pack has a couple of beers worth your attention. There’s Palomar Ale, inspired by the Mexican cool of the Love and Rockets comic books. It uses chipotle peppers and to create quite a subtle, earthy heat, while the lime cuts that same effect. It’s an interesting novelty. The real champ here is the 100th Meridian Organic Amber Ale which is a solid all-rounder for a barbeque. There’s some dusty malt husk in the flavour, but at 5.0%, it’s still light enough for a hot day.

Jordan St.John writes about beer at saintjohnswort.ca. If you’re going to be drinking beer outside, remember to wear sunscreen.


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