Hooked on Hooker Watermelon Ale: fave local summer brews?
I've been a big fan of Hooker Watermelon Ale since I tried it for the first time last summer.
How they get the refreshing flavor or watermelon to work in a beer, I'll never know, but I find myself craving it, especially when it's as HOT as it was this past week.
It's on sale for $7.99 a six at Stew Leonard's through the end of the month (so I'll be stocking up!)...and you can find it on tap at Nikita's, downtown Middletown, CT.
But this is a big board, so beyond my Hooker habit, I thought it would be fun for folks to share favorite local summer brews. What's yours?
P.S. For Sam's Summer fans--yes, YOU!--all Sam's bottles are $13.99 for 12 at Stew's, too, through 6/30. Bottoms up!
>How they get the refreshing flavor or watermelon to work in a beer, I'll never know,
Flavor extracts. Nothing inherently wrong with that -its the results that matter most imo, but very hard to get just the right level of flavoring when using extracts.
I did my own summer beer tasting this weekend with 10 summer ales that were mostly locally/regionally made. Peak Organic Summer Session came out on top for me. Not your average golden/wheat ale with fruit/spices kind of summer ale. It was an easy drinking pale ale with lots of citrusy hop character that was refreshing and interesting enough to want more than one.
If you want to try a Watermelon Ale actually made with watermelons then head to BruRM @ BAR in New Haven (across from Louis' Burgers). Inquire when it's coming on tap because once it's on...it disappears super fast.
21st Amendment makes a decent version as well.
Available in cans but not in CT. Pretty sure Port Chester Beer over the border carries them though.
I'll definitely keep that in mind if/when I'm down there this summer--thanks!
And LStaff, interesting re the extracts. All I can say is, "It works!" Would be interesting to taste test against BruRM...like bringing your own maple syrup to a diner a la Seinfeld...not that I'd actually do that. Then again, wouldn't that be a cool, local summer tasting--a lineup of watermelon ales? Sounds good to me!