While beer is delicious year-round, there’s something about a cold brew on a hot summer day that hits the spot. With local breweries busy producing crisp lagers, fruity ales and refreshing shandies, it’s clear they delight in seasonal flavors, too. Since we can’t visit favorite local taprooms, we’re sharing where to find the best summer brews to help you keep cool and discover your inner cicerone. Bottoms up!
Cyan Pineapple Sour Ale
$8 for a 32-ounce crowler
First off, one notices the brilliant aquamarine hue of Darwin's Cyan Pineapple Sour Ale. The unique color is obtained through a brewing process using cyan spirulina, a nutrient-rich plant grown in Florida. Brewer Blue Hellenga says it may be the novel shade that intrigues drinkers to try the medium- to light-bodied sour, but it's the flavor that brings them back for more. With more than 260 Florida pineapples brewed into each batch, a fruity sweetness balances any potential pucker. Made with wheat and pilsner malt for a smooth finish, this tart treat helps tame the summer heat.
Good Food Pairings
Fresh seafood such as oysters, shrimp or grilled fish with a spritz of lemon. Alternatively, balance the tart with a rich, spicy dish, such as stuffed peppers.
Where to Buy
Take-home crowlers can be snagged at Darwin's taproom, but stay tuned for the release of a stylish new 12-ounce can design to be available in a four-pack later this summer. Darwin is located at 803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton. For more info, call (941) 747-1970.