The Beer Frontier Expert Picks for June 2016 are in:
- Arcadia Ales Cheap Date
- Perrin Brewing 98 Problems Imperial IPA
- New Belgium Slow Ride
- Kona Longboard Island Lager
Arcadia Ales Cheap Date
Cheap Date is an uncomplicated, refreshing, hoppy session ale. Coming in at 4.5% ABV, this beer keeps it casual, allowing you to enjoy the moment with its smooth drinkability. Cheap Date boasts a fine, white head and gorgeous aroma mirrored by a flavor overloaded with tropical Citra hops, citrusy Simcoe hops, and a perfect malty balance. And 1% of all Cheap Date sales are donated to the Kalamazoo Parks Foundation to benefit the finishing and upkeep of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.
Cheap Date pairs extremely well with pizza. It’s light enough to let the flavors of the pizza show but also has backbone enough to hold its own. Other great pairings to try include scallops and grilled peaches, ahi tuna, salad niçoise, chicken tacos, sausage, and pretzels.
Perrin Brewing 98 Problems Imperial IPA
A serendipitous balance of North American and European specialty malts, paired with a lavish selection of West Coast hops, gives Perrin Brewing’s 98 Problems Imperial IPA an intense one-two punch to the uvula. Now brewed with homegrown Michigan Cascade hops.
98 Problems IPA cuts through heavily spiced dishes and goes great with bleu cheeseburgers, Indian Curry, and Thai and Vietnamese dishes. For a sweet after-dinner combination, try 98 Problems with a slice of carrot cake.
New Belgium Slow Ride
Kicking back and relaxing with a session beer requires little more than a couch, some free time, and a few pals. Slow Ride is up for this easy-going challenge, starting with a pour of sheened gold and plenty of fluffy, white foam. A blend of eight hop varieties, led by exotic Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin, twist together brilliant tropical scents of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit for a vividly fruity aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma, while balancing a malty-sweet yet clean start and hoppy bitterness in the back. Light bodied and extra quaffable, this session India Pale Ale brings the finish line to you.
Find balance by matching beer strength with food strength. Slow Ride might may be low in ABV (4.5%), but it certainly isn’t low in hop flavor. Don’t be afraid to match Slow Ride up with more powerful dishes. Draw on the beer’s citrus and sweet malts to create complements. And consider contrasting elements to discover opposite flavor interactions. Be creative, take risks, and eat dessert!
Kona Longboard Island Lager
Longboard Island Lager is a smooth, refreshing lager fermented and aged at cold temperatures to yield exceptionally smooth flavor. A delicate, slightly spicy hop aroma complements the malty body, and at 4.6% ABV, it’s a refreshingly drinkable beer after a day on the water or at the beach.
Longboard Island Lager typically pairs well with lighter fare but has enough flavor and body to stand up to some heartier foods, too. Try it with grilled chicken on mixed greens, garlic twists, Greek pizza, a turkey pesto sandwich, or in and with the easy pulled pork recipe featured below.