This summer there are more “summer” beers in the cold box and coolers of every retailer and wholesaler in the United States than ever before. Here are a few; 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, New Belgium’s Somersault, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, Pyramid Apricot Ale, Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Anchor Summer Beer, Samuel Adams Summer Ale, Harpoon Summer Beer (Kolsch), and on and on…

Pictured below is my “Summer Beer”…

 

Summers in Vermont in the late 60’s and early 70’s were hot and humid. Those were the days when the barracks at Norwich University where I went, did not have air conditioning.

Beer, which we never had of course, served the vital function of keeping students cool. Contrary to medical and scientific research I can assure you that on a hot summer night, with no A/C, a beer does wonders.

What determined the choice of beer? Price and assess ability. .. Nothing ever changes does it?

A real treat was when someone would come back from a trip into Quebec and return with a few cases of Canadian beer. Oh yes… the label stated that it was 5% alcohol and we knew for sure, almost, that it was higher in alcohol than United States beers.

And so the stubby Labatt Blue will always be my favorite “summer” beer…

Also… in the last decade or so the beaches of Long Island, NY called for my attention and and on more than one summer Saturday, after a swim in the ocean, once again I found that the very same beer served to slake the thirst brought on by sea water and sun.

The ice-cold slightly sweet, slightly astringent flavor of a Labatt Blue made a good day much better. No frills, just well chilled. And that’s a summer beer to enjoy eh?