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Hooked on Hooker Watermelon Ale: fave local summer brews?

kattyeyes Jun 11, 2011 04:26 AM

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!

  1. BiscuitBoy Jun 13, 2011 08:27 AM

    You have a hooker habit too?!!! Nice of Stew to run the sale all month, I'll hafta check it out

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      LStaff Jun 13, 2011 08:52 AM

      >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.

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        LorenV Jun 13, 2011 09:13 AM

        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.

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        1. re: LorenV
          kattyeyes Jun 13, 2011 10:26 AM

          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!

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