My Picks: Summer Brews

There is not much better than lighting up the grill, throwing a bunch of meat on it, and cracking a cold brew. Trying to come up with lists is tough for me, so I’m only going to list the brews that are available in the Eastern Iowa area. I would love to put Gumballhead, Zombie Dust, Surly Furious, Dale’s Pale Ale, etc. on the list but as residents of Eastern Iowa we have to drive a considerable distance to obtain these wonderful beers. I also am not a huge fan of the style of many summer beers so my list contains some darker brews as well. So………

Samuel Adams Porch Rocker
Porch Rocker is considered to be a “Radler” style beer, which essentially means it is 50/50 beer and lemonade. Sam Adams once again hits the jackpot with this brew as it totally outshines and outclasses the locally popular Summer Shandy from Leinenkugels and the dreaded Bud Light Lime. A fantastically refreshing beer that brings the taste of real lemons and a hint of orange to a brew. Perfect for a hot day.



 Pyramid Apricot Ale
One of the beers responsible for my love of craft beer. Starting drinking this on tap at the local Old Chicago. I’m pretty sure it is still found around the area but not positive. Another fruity beer, but still amazingly refreshing after cutting the grass or anytime really. The apricots really shine in this excellent wheat ale.

 Boulevard Wheat
The beer that brought me to the promise land is absolutely perfect for summer. I wouldn’t call it a typical wheat beer but it has a wonderful citrus presence that makes it smooth and refreshing. Found on tap or in bottles just about everywhere in Easetern Iowa now and it comes at a very affordable price.

Bells Two Hearted Ale
This brew is good anytime of the year but goes excellent with grilled food. But drinker beware, this IPA is 7% and can sneak up on you in a hurry (believe me). The price tag is a bit heftier at around $10 for a sixer, but this is one of the best beers on the market today.


Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar
One of my all-time favorite beers that really brings out the hazelnuts in this wonderful brown ale. I think if there was beer that can bring people from the pale ales, ipa’s, pilsners, into the darker area of brew, it would be this. Available in bombers and in six packs; I can’t recommend this one enough.

3 thoughts on “My Picks: Summer Brews

  1. denverbrewbabe says:

    Excellent suggestion on Pyramid, it was my gateway drug into beer at Old Chicago’s as well. I will also have to try out the Porch Rocker as I am just finishing up the Summer Shandy from Liene and it’s not as good as I remember. Of course you can always mix your favorite local wheat with some fresh squezzed lemonade goodness…. Nice list.

  2. yearofexperiences says:

    That Hazelnut Brown Nectar is the stuff of the gods. Would be interesting to see it used in beer-based deserts, either by accompanying them, or in making something like a Beer tiramisu, or beeramisu as I’ve seen it called regularly.

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