Quench Thirst With These Three Cool Brews

We're right in the middle of those few stifling weeks where we forget ourselves and wonder how it got so gosh-darn hot. But don't fear the heat! In just a few short months, the snow will return and we'll think upon these days with fondness, pausing every so often to blow our noses. But while it's here, summer heat calls for a simple beer, low in alcohol, with moderate flavor impact and a light body. Summer beers need to soothe our hot tongue and re-hydrate us. Few styles of beer fit the bill better than lagers. They're restrained, elegant beers that ferment slowly. These mild beers are often light in color, lower in alcohol, and not heavily hopped. This week, we'll sample a round of lagers from Maine. Raise your glass for summer!

Foundation Brewing Company Riverton Flyer

Format Sampled: 16 oz. can

ABV: 5.5%

Availability: Purchased at Rosemont Market and Bakery

Tasting Notes: Pours a pale gold, with a roiling white head. Aroma is fresh and mild, with notes of apple blossom and dry malt. The initial flavor is a study in restraint. There's a floral, slightly spicy European hop flavor which leads seamlessly into a gently toasted malt center. The malt is cracker-crisp, mildly sweet, and very light. A pop of bitterness illuminates the malt, an artful demonstration of the carefully selected hops. The body is light and quenching, and the flavor is just complex to keep it interesting, but not so complicated that it requires any real concentration to enjoy. This a crisp, zesty, refreshing lager!


Bunker Brewing Company Cypher
Format Sampled: 12 oz. can

ABV: 6.4%

Availability: Purchased at Rosemont Market and Bakery

Tasting Notes: Pours a light copper and raises a compact, white head. The aroma features pine, citrus, zest and a sea-breeze freshness. The first sip offers a bright zing of hops, restrained, but pointed in their bitter, herbaceous quality. There's more citrus peel, and a deeper, stickier bitterness — redolent of pine sap and wet basil. The bitterness subsides rapidly, leaving behind a clean, mild aftertaste. The malt is so subtle and restrained! The body is quite light, rendering this beer a tremendous combination of zingy, flavorful, and refreshing. It's so bitter, in fact, that it's nearly not a lager in the traditional sense at all. Discard tradition, though, and buy this beer!


Dirigo Lager

Format Sampled: 16 oz. can

ABV: 4.7%

Availability: Purchased at Rosemont Market and Bakery

Tasting Notes: Pours a pale gold with a thin eggshell-white head. Aroma has a toasted bread aroma, with a hint of apple. Initial flavor is pure, clean old-school lager. There's a sweet, crisp malt, augmented with an undertone of slightly sweet corn-meal mush. The hops are also old-school, with barely perceptible noble hop flavor contributing a faintly bitter, herbal edge. Everything about this “leading lager” is subtle, and understated. The body is light, but the result is “easy to drink” rather than “crush-able.” The aftertaste is faintly sweet, leading to another sip, and another, ad infinitum.


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