What could be better than a tasty cold one on a hot summer day? If you’re a craft lover, you might say something a bit more seasonal, distinct, and complex – all attributes of Lake Liquor’s favorite craft beer selections.
From our vast offerings we’ve chosen to discuss two great summer beers, the Ovila Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. Arkansas craft beer lovers should read on to find out why to try them.
Ovila Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns
- While Saisons are complex due to ambiguous style parameters and unique flavor profiles, most are sweet yet tangy and some quite hoppy. And their refreshing, citrus mouthfeel makes them perfect for the season. Sierra Nevada’s Ovila Abbey Saison with Mandarin Oranges and Peppercorns certainly fits the bill, receiving high marks among beer enthusiasts.
- This blonde farmhouse ale balances notes of lemon, pepper, grass, and herbs with tangy mandarin and spicy white pepper. The California brewery grows its Mandarins locally, including some that are hand-picked by monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux.
- With an ABV of 7.5 percent and an IBU of 24 (bitterness on a scale of 1-100), Ovila Abbey Saison is a must-try. Served in a tulip, it pairs nicely with curried dishes, poultry, and seafood.
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
- The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., of Chippewa Falls, Wis., is known for its fifth-generation, family-inspired recipes. One of those includes a shandy, or fruit beer. Leinenkugel describes its Summer Shandy as “a traditional wheat beer with refreshing natural lemonade flavor.”
- Many beer lovers praise this shandy for being a happy marriage between beer and lemonade. Others say it’s one of the most prevailing summer beers.
- With a hazy straw appearance and thin head, it has a strong lemon aroma, with the initial pull creating a distinct sweet and sour combination. The wheat flavor becoming more apparent toward the middle, Summer Shandy is well-balanced and rounds out well at the finish. It’s bitterness is a low 13.5, and ABV is 4.2 percent. Served in a flute or shaker, it pairs well with outdoor foods like barbecue chicken, fruit salad, grilled fish, and other seafood dishes.
Getting thirsty yet? Call your favorite county line liquor store at 501-851-9903, or contact us here for more information.