Need a little life injected into your choice for a cooler full of summer beers. Try these refreshers that I selected for a segment on WTOC's Mid-Morning Live on May 26.
Anchor Summer Beer: From America's true pioneer of craft brewing comes this first ever -- in modern times -- American made wheat beer -- first introduced in 1984. Light, crisp refreshing.
Highland St. Therese Pale Ale: From the mountains of Asheville, NC, comes this classic, mildly citrusy pale ale. Assertive hops -- a great all-around beer.
New Belgium Somersault: From the brewer of wildly popular Fat Tire comes a mildly hoppy brew that cavorts around the palate like a Russian gymnast. The refresher here comes from ingredients that offer subtle flavors of apricot and ginger.
Terrapin Sunray Wheat: From Athen's-based brewer Terrapin comes another wheat beer with a Savannah connection. Sunray Wheat is a German-style unfiltered wheat beer brewed with a touch of local Georgia Coast Tupelo honey from the Savannah Bee Company. Its inviting banana and sweet clove like aroma gives way to a pleasant, clean finish with a hint of tartness.
O'Dempsey's Big Red Ale: Another Georgia brewer, O'Dempsey's, brings an Irish-style red ale to the summer table that's loaded with body, plenty of refreshing hoppiness and lots of flavorful character. The brewery is a great success story -- home brewer turned micro brewery!
Bell's Oberon Ale: Vacationers to Michigan have raved about that state's Bell's beer for years -- and now the flagship, Oberon Ale, is available in Georgia. It's a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Ale: If you told me I would like a fruit beer -- much less strawberry -- I would have laughed out loud. But the reality is I really love this English made strawberry ale. The flavor comes after a bright, refreshing start -- leaving just a hint of strawberry on the finish. It's not overly sweet -- nor cloying. Darned good beer -- it just happens to have a hint of strawberry.