My Kind of Beer with Chris Goddard
ALL HAIL THE LONG WEEKEND
Victoria Day — named in honour of Queen Victoria to commemorate her birthday, it is probably the long weekend I look forward to most each year. Not only does it frequently fall around my birthday (hint hint) but it marks the beginning of the yardwork season and the return of honest sweat to your brow.
You are almost assured that there won’t be another frost (fingers crossed) so the flowerbeds can get a good working over and spruce up. You can also dust the cobwebs off the BBQ (if you haven’t already) and get that piece of beautiful machinery earning its keep once more. You will look like a hero toiling in the yard all day and then selflessly offering to cook dinner on the BBQ. Two opportunities to earn brownie points with your significant other and two legitimate opportunities to drink beer.
YARDWORK — Cleaning the yard can be thankless work but satisfying. It’s important to reward yourself for a job well done and beer is the perfect choice. Since you are going to be working out in the sun and potentially wielding some power tools let’s keep things a little lighter in alcohol and more refreshing. To me the perfect “tool” for this job is a RADLER.
Sweetwater Squeeze (Amsterdam Brewing) This radler takes a slightly different twist on citrus and enlists the help of blood oranges instead of lemons or grapefruit. Make sure you buy a few of these when you see them as I have a feeling they will fly off the shelves almost as fast as you can drink them
Wernesgruner Radler (Bitburger Brewery) A very traditional take on the radler style this beer is made with 50% pilsner and 50% lemonade ensuring that not only is your thirst thoroughly quenched but you will also not get scurvy. This particular radler is a little sweeter than I prefer but for some folks it might be just right.
BACKYARD BBQ — There are no limits on what we can enjoy in the comfort of our own backyard so it comes down to the dealers’ choice here. Waiting for the grill to heat up is the primitive equivalent of watching paint dry which makes it’s the perfect time to sit down, relax and pop something you’ve never had before.
Cruiser All-Day Pale Ale (Amsterdam Brewing) This brewery is making my list twice this month but again, you need the right tools for the job and they just happen to have what I need. If you have been craving the taste of hops all day but are worried that diving into a hopbomb before dinner might be a bad idea then Cruiser is for you. All the hops you want with only 4.9%ABV.
Pompous Ass English Pale Ale (Great Lakes Brewing) GLB first released Pompous Ass as part of their Tank 10 series of one-off beers and it was instantly a favorite of mine (and my wife too). Coming in at only 4.2%ABV this session ale will become one of your go-to beers for your fridge.