Happy 4th July with Cam’s (current) Top Five American Craft Beers
We are a little late to the 4th of July party but over in the land of the free, home of the brave they will still be gazing up at fireworks and singing about star spangled banners for a while yet. So in the meantime, here’s a few of my current favourite craft beers straight out of the US of A where they really know a thing or two about brewing. These beers are good enough to even make you forget, just for a minute, about who they picked as president...
Deschutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland Lager Oregon 5.5%
This bright, refreshing lager was created by Deschutes as an ode to the Pacific North West in all its wild and adventurous glory – from raging surf to mountain streams, from sheer cliff faces, to snowy slopes. The crisp lager style is complimented by a delicate pilsner malt and is dry-hopped with a trifecta of noble hops including Tettnang Madarina, for a delicious array of light citrus, floral and herbal flavours. Park your bike, prop up your skies, beach your paddleboard and finish of a weekend adventure with a few of these.
Kona Hanalei Island IPA Hawaii 4.5%
This tropical fruit punch of a beer is like a Hawaiian beach holiday in a bottle. At 4.5% and with a fairly low IBU, it makes for a very sessionable daytime IPA and we’re loving it as a post-surf brew. It’s big, white frothy head billows then laces the glass just like a shore break. With Azacca, Galaxy and Millennium hops in the mix, there is an abundance of passionfruit, orange and guava along with a balanced biscuity malt character and a dry finish. Drink in your boardies under a palm tree if you can.
Stone Brewing Jindia Pale Ale California 8.7%
A Stone brew will be an ever reliable way to my heart. They wack hops together under a big ABV like no one else. This ripper of a DIPA is brewed with ginger, juniper berry and lime and lemon citrus peel along with – you guessed it - an extra dose of hops. Pouring copper with an off white head, the aromas are sweet and bready malts, ginger and zesty citrus, and yep – juniper berry. If you didn’t know what juniper berry smelled like before then now you do. Those delicious additions are evident in the flavours also along with an earthy, spicy and resinous hop bitterness. Beautifully fragrant with complex layers of flavour, this is a real winter treat.
Lost Coast Aaargh! Pale Ale California 5.2%
We are pretty big fans of this California brewery and are stoked to have their pale ale in our Feb boxes. Get your inner pirate on with the Arrgh! It pours clear and golden with nice fluffy white head which clings to the sides of you glass as you sip. The aroma is fruity with some pine and grass thrown in and there’s a little wheat and biscuit malt in there too. Cascade, Centennial and Ctira hops are the stars of this show and deliver stacks of citrus hop flavour and a strong, crisp bitterness. I’d walk the plank for this one. Rate it yourself here. We’ve got a free six pack of craft beers to give away to the craftiest reviews.
Founders Brewing Curmudgeon Old Ale Michigan 9.8%
This smooth, full-bodied, warming ale looks forward to the dark and stormy nights of winter (Michigan knows how to do winter weather) and conjures images of a rugged sea captain regaling an old seaside pub with stories of the night his ship was nearly lost to the treacherous rocks of... well, anyway, you get the picture. With a big malt backbone, plenty of molasses sweetness, and the taste of its aged oak home in every sip, watch out for a woody aroma and subtle notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Despite the high ABV, it is a deceptively drinkable ale. Just don’t plan on sailing or rowing home... Get your hands on some here and settle in for the long, cold night.