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So you’re not really a Beer Person: Round Two
February 1, 2015
In keeping with the effort to get more folks to dip their toe in the shallow end of the beer pool, I’ve been trying recently to find more ways to bridge the gap for folks who are traditionally into sweeter drinks as they tend to be the ones most resistant to the wonders of the brewing world (you know who you are, I saw you with that appletini….) To my knowledge, there is not a beer that will match the sugar level of a drink made with Puckers, but there are still quite a few that will slake most people’s sweet teeth. As with most adult beverages, there are certain sweet beers that are better suited for different seasons and moods, so I’ll toss a few at you so there is something that strikes everyone’s fancy:
If you are the kind of person that enjoys a littler tartness/citrus with your sweet drink, then a shandy is right up your alley. This is basically the beer version of an Arnold Palmer and is traditionally made by mixing lemonade and wheat beer. That’s just the basic recipe configuration, and some of the bigger names for shandies like Leinenkugals and Fentiman’s (I recommend the latter) have several variations of other citrus and berry combinations that work particularly well for a warm afternoon in the back yard. If you want to skip the commercial brands and Martha Stewart this one, feel free to mix equal parts of wheat beer and whatever juice strikes your fancy and boosh, instant hot day sweet beverage.
For those of you who like your sweet beverage more in the chocolate milk/milk shake realm I strongly recommend giving a milk stout a try. This sweet variant on the chameleon that is stout gets its name from lactose, the sugar found in milk, which is added to the beer. The result is a brew that is both sweeter and slightly heavier than most beers in which the sweetness from the lactose is often a compliment to the flavors of the malts that are used. Several breweries have also gone the extra step to add cocoa powder or nibs to their milk stout giving an extra level awesome to this dark treat. My personal favorite is Lugene from Odell’s which tastes like the best chocolate malt you have ever had (seriously, if you closed your eyes and didn’t know what you were drinking you might mistake it for something with ice cream in it). Milk stouts also tend to be a good choice for beer floats if you are needing a little extra decadence.
One of the more common complaints about beer is that people don’t like the taste of hops, and if you are in this camp I recommend seeking out a Gruit (pronounced like fruit with a “g” or the Vin Diesel character, take your pick). This is beer that is brewed with bittering agents other than hops which commonly include Heather and Creeping Charlie. Many gruits have an earthy quality to them resulting from these hop alternates but a select few have the kind of sweetness found in pineapple peaches and other slightly acidic fruits. If you live in an areas where you can get New Belgium beers, I strongly recommend the Gruit and Plout bombers which both have an excellent balance of sweet and tart.
I hope this gives a few of you that have shied away from beer in favor of something more nectarous some motivation to try something new. These are just a few suggestions of mine but if nothing in this post seems to fit your pallet there are plenty of other brews with a sweet side out there if you are willing to look. So, the next time you are tempted to order something fruffy be a little daring and ask for a pint of something sweet. Cheers everyone!
Final Contest Question:
To add a little flare and value to the tap handle, it will be adorned with a coin brought back with me from Munich. From what country is the currency shown below? (hint: It’s not Germany or the UK)