Curating the Cooler
It’s summer and that means BBQs, beaches, backyards and beers. Moving your beer fridge to any of these locations is a pain, so Plan B is the almighty cooler.
Something I’ve noticed over the years is that folks fill these things with a depressing array of beers that they wouldn’t drink on a regular basis. But they feel that because they are at the beach cramming their coolers full of tins of generic lager is okay. Let’s break the boring, bland beer cycle and curate our coolers!
The Beach Cooler
This is the marathon cooler. We want some lighter fare with lower ABV so we can make it to the fire on the beach at night. I’m also going to put on the restriction that all the beers must be in cans. It’s the beach and I have kids so no broken bottles please!
Beer married with grapefruit juice. My go-to is the Steigl Radler but there is a new local kid in town from the Waterloo Brewing Company (Brick Brewing) called the Grapefruit Radler.
I was going to put wheat beers in here (like Hop City’s Lawn Chair) and they would work but I find that the unfiltered ones can feel a little “heavy” after a while and not as refreshing and crisp as you need. What you want is beers like Mill St Organic, Moosehead’s Cracked Canoe or the new Triple Bogey Lager (which also works on the golf course).
Nouveau Kegger Cooler
The Nouveau Keg party isn’t a keg at all but a cooler full of GROWLERS. A Growler is a 64oz glass jug of unique and interesting beer usually bought directly from the brewery. It is the hipster alternative to bringing a bottle of wine to that slightly more refined backyard shindig or a way of bringing a bunch of beer to share without committing to a whole keg of one kind.
WHAT SHOULD YOU GET?
This list is evolving all the time even as I write so just call your local brewery or brew pub and ask for something new and exciting. Better make it two, though.
Backyard Roulette Cooler
Your friends may call you indecisive but you prefer to be labelled adventurous. You want a cooler that brings out a new gift each time you reach in with no repeats. I like your style.
These sweet babies offer variety and more importantly uniqueness. Some of these beers can only be bought in these packs while others bring the whole family together in one amazing case. You could try the Natural Selection BC Craft Brewer’s Pack which has one of my new favourite pilsners in it.