By Ethan Craig
We had a beautiful spring this year. It was cool, sunny and pleasant and when the rain finally came, it was a bit of a surprise. I am a huge fan of cooler temperatures, so I really appreciated the longer than usual transition from winter to summer. But in Atlanta, we know that like death and taxes, the summer heat and humidity are inevitable. And this year, the sweltering days seem even more intense than usual.
I’ve made it out to the lake and on the Chattahoochee several times over the past few weeks to get some sun and relax with friends. And for me, a day at the lake includes beer to share with the gang. This summer, there are several new beers that have been brewed to help make trips to the lake a little more enjoyable.
One new trendy beer style is a milkshake IPA. It’s an IPA with lactose sugar added in. This results in a slightly creamier flavor that cuts out most of the bitterness of a traditional IPA. Some of them really taste like they were blended at an ice cream shop. Wild Leap, the brewers of the popular Alpha Abstraction series, recently came out with a milkshake IPA called Bomb Pop. Bomb Pop was created with Rocket Popsicles and Firecracker Popsicles in mind. The flavors include Cherry, Lime and Blue Raspberry. I can’t think of anything better to get you in the mood for some fireworks. You can buy a four-pack or mix and match the flavors.
For a more tropical twist, try out Coco Flamingo. It’s another beer just released by Wild Leap in collaboration with Trim Tab Brewing. It’s a Double IPA with coconut, tangerine and lime added for a taste that will have you thinking about putting a pink umbrella in your glass. It is incredibly easy to drink, but be careful, it’s also 8% ABV.
I also have two easy drinking beers you might want to try. Einstock Icelandic Pale Ale is brewed with pure Icelandic water. The water goes from the ground directly into the beer, and the taste is clean and fresh. Reformation’s Oren pale ale is a new recipe which is more of a hazy pale ale that is very smooth with a slight fruit flavor and comes in at 5% ABV.
Finally, for all of you Hogwarts fans, we will be celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday on July 31st. Come in and join us for a Monday Night Brewing’s Mischief Managed sour beer.
As you make your way through the dog days of summer, please remember what a friend of mine used to say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the stupidity.” Cheers!❍
Ethan Craig is Craft Beer Curator at Tap & Six Craft Beer House, a craft beer market and bar in Historic Roswell at 23 Oak Street.