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Thirsty Thursday 5/18/06

Quick Thirsty Thursday report: today it was summer-themed beers.

First up was Sierra Nevada’s Summerfest. Not bad, a hoppy, wheaty pilsner-style lager. Very crisp.

Next, Pyramid’s Curve Ball. I liked this better than the Summerfest. It’s a Kölsch style ale, and they’ve flavored it with some not-quite-definable herb.

Third up was Weinhard’s Summer Wheat. I know, you’re thinking, "Weinhard’s? That’s too mainstream, it doesn’t fit with an upscale tasting!" But you know what? It’s actually pretty good! It’s a wheat ale spiced with coriander and orange peel, and it’s a decent brew. I was tempted to pick up a case for only $10.

Finally, the last was Anderson Valley’s Summer Solstice. Subtitled "Cerveza Crema," this is a cream ale with a spice character and a surprising fruit flavor to it—one I couldn’t quite identify. My first guess was apricot, but that’s not quite it… a woman tasting it suggested some type of stone fruit like that, and I tend to agree. Maybe peach, or even nectarine. Quite refreshing; I’ll be buying this down the road.