The Hippo


Jul 16, 2019








 What’s in My Fridge

Full Clip IPA by Stoneface Brewing Co.: Fresh citrus and tropical fruit aromas make you want to dive in face first. And you should. You won’t regret it. Thtis hazy and juicy IPA boasts big flavors of pear, pineapple and citrus. Cheers!Jeff Mucciarone is a senior account executive with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to the New Hampshire wine and spirits industry. 

Summer on tap
Summer is all but here: drink accordingly


 By Jeff Mucciarone
It’s hot. It’s humid. You’re sweating. You’re thirsty. 
Sure, you could grab a glass of water, or enjoy a silky smooth iced coffee. You could even mix up a pitcher of powdered pink lemonade and tip your hat to your 12-year-old self. But if you’re anything like me, you’re going to grab a beer.
Here are four summer beers to quench your summertime thirst:
• Post Shift Pilsner by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers - Framingham, Mass. 
It’s been a long day and you’re tired, grumpy and hot. The brewers at Jack’s Abby brewed this beer for you. It’s bright, crisp, refreshing and wonderful with a perfectly golden pour. The hop character is—pleasingly—a bit more pronounced than your typical pilsner, which adds a touch of bitterness and complexity and maybe even a mild burst of lemon, though, if we’re being honest, that could be in my head. 
Pilsners are the quintessential “beer,” but this isn’t boring. Pour often this summer. Pairs well with yard work, beach time, cookouts and impromptu volleyball bouts. 
• Lemon Blueberry Pale Ale by Woodstock Inn Brewery - North Woodstock
Summer in a can? Yes it is. I have a soft spot for blueberry beers. Add in bright, lemony flavor and a welcome burst of hops and you get a brew that is complex, fun and tasty. Seriously. I wasn’t sure the combination of lemon, blueberry and hops would work. But it does. It’s because none of the ingredients dominates. There are subtly sweet blueberry notes but the sweetness is just enough to remind you this is a fruit-infused beer, and not enough to cling overbearingly to your palate. 
This will pair well with the hottest of summer days — it also eased my pain during a difficult Celtics game. Just a delightful brew. 
• Tropical Haze IPA by Great Rhythm Brewing - Portsmouth
I had to include one IPA on this list. And why not? A hazy, juicy New England-style IPA pairs perfectly with summer. Sometimes the alcohol and dank flavors of a hefty IPA (or double IPA) can be a bit much for a hot, summer day. But the Tropical Haze, at 6.8 ABV, is an excellent warm-weather brew featuring pleasant flavors of pineapple and mango. The pour is hazy but not orange juice hazy, which is good. On top of that, this beer tastes lighter than some other variations in this style. 
I’m envisioning sipping one of these on a deck overlooking the ocean on a warm evening hopefully not all by myself — but I’ll take what I can get. 
• Chai Honey White by Merrimack Ales - Lowell, Mass. 
OK, when I first saw this in my local beer store, I basically did an about-face and sprinted in the opposite direction. I was imagining the ubiquitous “summer wheat” beer with syrupy, no-thank-you levels of sweetness. Then I thought, “My wife might like this.” In reality, this brew is terrific and extremely well-balanced. It’s also not really designed to be a summer brew, but it works for me. You get the soft wheatiness and pleasing fruity, lemony aromas with just a lick of honey. There’s nothing overpowering or syrupy about the sweetness. It’s just right. I shouldn’t have been afraid. But I was right because my wife loved this beer — that’s really what matters.
I see myself enjoying this unfiltered white ale infused with locally sourced orange blossom honey by the campfire as my reward for starting the campfire. 
The potentially hard news here is that Merrimack Ales brewed this as a spring seasonal. Maybe I’m missing the boat but I want to drink this in summer. Get it while you can. 
Jeff Mucciarone is a senior account executive with Montagne Communications, where he provides communications support to the New Hampshire wine and spirits industry. 

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