Thirst Quenching Beers for Hot Summer Days
Petula Clark had it right when she sang about forgetting all your troubles and cares when you go downtown; in fact, she could’ve been singing about Easy Monkey! When you’re here, you’ll find plenty of beers, ciders, and snacks perfect for hot summer days (or afternoons, evenings, or nights). You might ask what beers are usually preferred during the summer months; the answer to that is (usually) wheat or hoppy beers with accents of a variety of fruit, mostly citrus fruits. IPAs are popular in the summer, because they are well-hopped and some contain fruit and citrus flavors. Wheat beers like hefeweizens and wit beers are also popular during the warm summer months. Although we offer more than these delightful summer options, if you’re looking for a way to cool down with a traditional summer flavor, you might enjoy these beers:
- Golden ales like Dirty Bucket Brewing Company’s “Dirty Blonde” (4.7% ABV) go hand in hand with summer. It’s light and refreshing, with a smooth oat finish.
- Another light, refreshing beer – this one more traditional than the last, and with a sweet aroma – is Two Beers’ “Pilchuk Pilsner” (4.7% ABV).
- At 5.7% ABV, with oats, malted barley, and three different types of local hops, Hellbent Brewing Company’s “Hop & Oats” is a pale ale with a smooth citrus and floral taste.
- Speaking of citrus, what’s summer without citrus fruits like oranges, limes, and lemons? Big E Ales’ “Summer Haze” (5% ABV) uses oranges and orange peel in addition to its unique coriander twist.
- Floral and citrusy – that’s the name of the game when it comes to thirst-quenching summer beers, and Georgetown Brewing Company’s Lucille IPA (7% ABV) is just that – perfect for a hot summer day.
What You Might Not Know About Summer Beers
With IPAs and hoppy beers much more in vogue now than in decades past, you may have seen people putting salt in their beers, but do you know why? Salting your beer is far from a recent discovery. Salt is known for enhancing flavors of meats (for example), but it does the same and more for beers: That hoppiness (and the accompanying bitterness) that features so prominently in IPAs is, in fact, reduced when salt is added.
Here is something else you might not know: IPAs are one of the quintessential “summer” beers, and Seattle has developed a reputation as one of the best places to get an IPA. Maybe that’s because the nearby Yakima Valley grows so much of the world’s – not just the U.S.’s – hops, which are such an important ingredient in IPAs. As a matter of fact, the Yakima Valley grows more than 70% of the world’s hops.
Looking for Something a Little Different?
Think you’ve tried it all? Try some of our other options:
- At 6.5% ABV, and light, crisp, and fruity, with notes of lemon, orange, apple, and a cinnamon finish, you’ll love Seattle Cider Company’s Semi-Sweet cider. If dry cider is more up your alley, you’ll love Seattle Cider Company’s Dry cider, which is unfiltered, has the same ABV, and features aromas and tastes of lilac, blood orange, green apple, nectarine, peach, and cherry.
- For $8.50, you won’t find anything more summer-y than our double smoked brat with sides of baked beans and chips or our grilled honey ham (from DD Meats) and two-cheese panini sandwich.
- On the lighter (and vegetarian) side, $7.50 will get you a plate of our delicious roasted red pepper hummus with veggies and pita bread.
Easy Monkey has everything your summer-loving heart could desire, so what are you waiting for? We can’t wait to see you, whether you’re a first-timer, a regular, or a visitor to the area, check us out; you won’t regret it.