July 3, 2014 Food & Drink His & Hers Summer Brews It’s no question that we like our beer. I got Rob a membership to a monthly beer club our first Christmas together and Belgium is one of our favorite countries, largely in part to their fabulous beer. Heck, Rob even brews it! I have to credit Rob with really giving me more of an appreciation for good beer and I’m so glad he did! This past weekend, we picked up two different beers to try for the summer. He picked his and I picked mine. It was what to be expected. My decision was based largely off of the design of the label with a quick glance through the description to make sure I’d actually like it and then Rob grabbed one I’d never heard of with a label that would have never made its way into my cart. Once we got home, we popped them open and tried them. Here’s the breakdown from Rob who knows far more about beer than I do. Summer Bright from Breckenridge Brewery Breckenridge Brewery is a microbrewery from Colorado that has started to widen its distribution in recent years and thankfully made its way to Illinois in the past couple years. SummerBright Ale is their latest offering to quench our thirst on warm, sunny days. This American Pale Wheat Ale is yellow-golden in color and light and crisp on the tongue. The beer finishes with a teensy bit of a hoppiness, but is easy to drink and isn’t overly citrus-y despite being brewed with lemon and orange peel. If they distribute in your state and a Coors Light doesn’t sound appealing for a day in the sun, grab a six pack of SummerBright! Victory Prima Pils While wheat beers and summer ales are typically associated with the warmer summer months, pilsners are another great style to explore. This particular beer is Victory’s Prima Pils, one of the best examples of a typical German pilsner, mixed with America’s hoppy creativity. The beer pours a nice head out of the bottle and lets off an array of floral hop smells on the nose, but to a finer degree than hop-laden IPA’s or other pale ales. The body is lighter (as is typical with pilsners) and the finish clean, with just a bit of lingering hoppiness on the tongue. All in all, a perfect beer for a warm day in the sun if you’re looking to deviate from the endless supply of wheat and summer ales! Thanks to my fiancé for his little write up here! On that note, happy 4th of July people! We’re headed to a friend’s lake house in Michigan. What are you doing for the holiday? P.S. Stop by next week for the launch of a big giveaway!