Weekly Top 5: Beers We're Drinking This Season
I don’t know about you all, but nothing screams ☀️ s u m m e r ☀️ to me quite like a big ‘ole slug of a nice, crisp beer alongside great friends on a porch (...or in a canoe, or at a ballpark, or on a patio, or in a boat...). And I’m a pretty lucky gal because I live in one of the best cities with some solid breweries to choose from. Jackpot? Yeah, I’d say so.
Needless to say, this week’s Weekly Top Five is based on our five favorite beers to drink this season - - - and you can find them all in this fine city! Bear in mind, I am not ranking these in any particular order. We here at BV love each of these beers equally, so try them all and let us know what you think!
🍻 Southern Grist Brewing - Imperial Kiwi Hill
I live in East Nashville, and when the weather is nice on the weekends, I’ll hop on my bike and pedal over to Shelby Park to get some miles logged in preparation for Chefs Cycle. Conveniently, Southern Grist Brewing Co is on my route back, so I’ll often make a stop to congratulate myself for all of that hard work! Southern Grist has some of my favorite sour beers in the city, and after trying a few of them, my favorite thus far (and my fellow BV writer Maddie Adams can attest) is the Imperial Kiwi Hill. It’s a Kiwi Lactose Sour Ale that sits at a solid 7.4% ABV. It’s fruity, refreshing, sour, and I could drink about a thousand of them.
🍻 Jackalope Brewing Co - Lovebird Wheat
L O V E B I R D is back for another great season. This beer is Jackalope’s prized seasonal offering and people get real stoked for it - they even have a party at the brewery called Lovefest to celebrate. It’s made available on the first day of spring each year all around Tennessee and it sells out almost as fast as you can say Lovebird...well almost. This pink brew lasts all throughout summer until the end of August and has about 1,200 pounds of organic raspberries and strawberries in each 120 barrel batch. Get it while you can!
🍻 YeeHaw - Cerveza
Summer just calls for a classic beer, and YeeHaw’s new cerveza is just what you want from a mexican-style lager: easy drinking! Created with locally-sourced malts and flaked corn, it’s slightly hoppy with a smooth, clean finish. Plus, it has a nice lime flavor going on that just screams drinking-on-the-river. This new brew is best enjoyed at YeeHaw’s BRAND NEW facility in downtown Nashville (423 6th Avenue South) - complete with an indoor / outdoor stage and screening area along with Prince’s Hot Chicken and White Duck Taco Shop, there’s little left to be desired!
🍻 Yazoo - Summer Gose
Nothing screams summer quite like a Gose. And Yazoo’s is pretty stellar. Truth be told, I’m a sucker for any beer with a little bit of salt, and this citrusy brew has just enough to keep be coming back for more. Plus, I like the way the folks at Yazoo describe it: this one is “best served cold in the outdoors with friends around your favorite body of water.” I can certainly get on board with that.
🍻 Jackalope Brewing Co - Sarka Pilsner
Okay, the cat is out of the bag, this list may be a LITTLE biased. And here’s why: I am lucky enough to have a boyfriend who works in the beer biz...at Jackalope! Not only am I a very big fan of him...I am ALSO a huge fan of Jackalope’s Sarka Pilsner. And, no, it is not a seasonal beer...but I am writing this list and therefore I can make these kind of decisions (see what I did there?). The Sarka is a delicious-all-year-round bohemian-style pilsner that has a slight hint of hops and serves up a whole lot of refreshment. Right now, it’s only available on draft at the Ranch but it’ll be sold in cans later this month - which is perfect for anyone who is making plans for some lake or river leisure this season.