You'll want to save room in your tackle box for these five beers.
The availability and popularity of craft beers is at an all-time high. It doesn't look like this cultural phenomenon is going anywhere for a long time. Wow your drinking bud -- er, I mean your fishing buddies with these must-try brews. Here's my list of five craft beers to take on your next fishing trip.
1. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
The India Pale Ale (IPA) is the flagship of the craft beer movement and few breweries make one better than Dogfish Head. This is their 60-minute IPA, which means they boil the wort during brewing for 60 minutes and add hops the whole time. This beer has a light copper color, light head, and citrus, floral and cedar notes. It's perfect for a hot day on the water.
2. Rogue Ales & Spirits Dead Guy Ale
Hailing from Oregon, Rogue Ales & Spirits is the best-kept secret of the West Coast. This German maibock has a dark, cloudy orange color. Citrus notes waft up after you open the beer. This beer has a crisp profile, going down with a slight bite of hops right at the end. Maibocks are best enjoyed in the springtime and, of course, on the shore.
3. Bell's Two Hearted Ale
This beer is also an IPA, like the Dogfish Head, but it brings something different to the table. This beer is a fantastic balance between malt (sweet) flavors and hops (bitter) flavors. The beer is light and refreshing. It tastes sweet on the initial drink, but the finish has a light bitterness from the hops.
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4. Samuel Adams Porch Rocker
Most people have heard of Samuel Adams, but their Porch Rocker is a gem that many don't know about. This is their take on the classic summer beer style in which beer is mixed with lemonade. The pairing of a semi-bitter bock-style lager mixed with sweet lemonade is one to remember for a long time. Porch Rocker is my favorite summer beer and will soon be yours.
5. Margaritaville Brewing Co. Landshark Lager
This one is for all the Corona lovers out there. This American lager has a clear pour and perfectly white head. The light body and low alcohol content make it a great beer for the new beer drinker, as well as the experienced veteran. This beer, with a smooth body and mild malt and barley flavors should be a staple on your boat.
One of the dominating characteristics of craft beer is their high alcohol content. This is not light beer from the local watering hole, but some high-octane stuff. Always drink responsibly and enjoy with company.
See you on the other side of the pint glass.