Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tuesday Tasting: Sierra Nevada Summerfest

Today's tasting selection was a recommendation by Jamoosh. A refreshing beer sounded like a perfect pairing to Saturday's pig roast party -- especially after a 10-mile trail run that morning.

I'm usually wary of "summer" brews because they tend to be too sweet for my palate. However, the Sierra Nevada Summerfest offers none of that mouth-puckering fruitiness you find in the likes of, say, Leinekugel's Summer Shandy.

At 5 percent ABV, this pilsner-style lager is not going to deliver you to the safe harbor of Blackout Island by itself. It wasn't until I was offered a taste of tutti-fruity moonshine that my sails caught the wind and took me where I wanted to go.

I will concur with Jamoosh and say that it is a nice refresher for a hot summer day, but it's not a heavy hitter by any means. Its light body and mildly hopped finish left me more full and bloated than happily buzzed after three-quarters of a 12-pack.

The beer did, however, clear my system fast enough for me to record a new personal best in Monday's 5-K to cap off a much improved month of running.

At a Glance
  • Who: Summerfest (Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.)
  • What: 5 percent ABV, pilsner-style lager, 12-pack
  • When: May 29, 2010
  • Where: Memorial Day weekend pig roast
  • Why: Post-run, hot day refreshment
Booze Hounds Beer Rating: 3.9 Hiccups

[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hounds Beer Rating scale (0-5 Hiccups) is based on a complex mathematical formula that would be impossible to explain to such a dunderheaded audience. Let's just say the higher the score, the more likely I am to drink it again. Natty Light would get a zero.]


Jamoosh said...

I think one Summerfest will usually suffice for recovery purposes; then you can move on to the heavier hitters; the Sierra nevada barleywine for example.

TinaGirl said...

Sierra Nevada is in my very own backyard (well at least on the other end of town) and for a small brewing company they have many different options, so you may not have enjoyed Summerfest enough but there are lots more "heavy Hitters" to choose from!

Xenia said...

Three posts in one day. What the hell, dude? I take it your next work deadline isn't for a while yet.