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!
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!
>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.