This past winter in Seattle was one of the greyest and dreariest on record with just three sunny days between between October and March. What’s a lousy time for weather is great for breaking out your stouts and porters while you stay cozy indoors.
But now, finally, the sun has returned to the Northwest. Seattle summers are stunning – the whole city seems motivated to get outside, grill, and embrace all the Vitamin D we can get. The only thing missing from these scenarios are the perfect beer to match. Thankfully, local breweries have you covered and we’ve got them on tap at Easy Monkey. Here are a few different beers for summer we suggest to break out as we head into the summer and put some “hops” in your step.
Big E Ales’ Summer Haze
As the name implies, Big E Ales’ Summer Haze is the perfect brew for the season. This light, wheat ale is a brisk and refreshing drink. Throw in a orange slice to bring out the citrus flavor, taking it from smooth and invigorating to fun and exciting.
Dirty Bucket’s Dirty Blonde
=We’ve previously heralded blondes as a great way to get new beer drinkers into beer, with their light and not-so-intimidating flavor. But blondes offer even more than just an introduction to other beers. Dirty Bucket’s Dirty Blonde is a summer favorite. The crisp flavor with the handcrafted oat finish just tastes like a day at the lake or kicking back on the back patio.
Two Beers’ Pilchuck Pilsner
The key to a great summer beer is not picking something too heavy. Some beers, like porters, can help warm you up. But when it’s already hot out, you want something that’s going to quench your thirst and not weigh you down. Pilsners are great for this and Two Beers Brewing Company’s Pilchuck Pilsner is no exception. The Pilchuck has a little bit more hops than your typical pilsner, but that’s also part of it’s appeal. It gives you a little kick without losing that sensation that makes you go “ahh!” after the first sip.
Big E Ales’ Blackberry Ale
When you think summer flavors, you’re likely thinking of something fruity or sweet. It’s such a vibrant time of year that you want something to match the mood. The Blackberry Ale by Big E Ales is a fun and festive treat for your tastebuds. It’s a bit darker than most of the other beers you’d typically reach for in the summer, but the berry flavor brings it down to a happy medium. We suggest pairing this one with one of our hummus and veggie plates and a trademark Northwestern sunset.
Is your mouth watering yet? Come down to the Easy Monkey Taphouse and try a pint for yourself! When the heat gets to be too much, swing by on any given Thursday night at 7 for our pub trivia night with Billy Clinton. We’ll keep the air conditioning going and the cold beers coming. See you here soon.