Thursday, May 6, 2010

Summit EPA

Like many locals, when I buy beer I buy a 12-pack of Summit EPA and a 6-pack or two of something interesting. Summit certainly isn't a micro brew, it accounts for 10% of Minnesota's beer market, not dominating, but it's a damned good, drinkable beer. This past month it received the World Beer Cup gold medal for Classic English Style Pale Ale. If you're thirsty for more... 

15 comments:

Jonny Hamachi said...

Sounds great.

The term "micro" has become obsolete. Now the moniker is Craft Beer.

Gunnar Berg said...

I can define "micro" with a number. How do you define "craft beer"? Obviously at 115,000 barrels, Summit is a frickin' factory. Is it "craft" if it's just good beer?

Jonny Hamachi said...

It's craft beer if they make less than Sam Adams.

Gunnar Berg said...

Okay. I can get my head around that. I'm not a huge fan of Sam Adams, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

Mimbres Man said...

I like pale ales...they're my favorite when in the USA. Here it is all pilzen-style. Okay, but need to be drank cold.

For post-ride/bike-race-watching drinkablity, Tecate (in a can) with a squeeze of lime is hard to beat. Probably turned out by the tanker full, but it is still good.

Echelon 133 said...

IPA, IPA, IPA, IPA, IPA, IPA, IPA.

JG

Gunnar Berg said...

I have to go out of state for my IPA - Bell's Two Hearted. Doubtful on the Left Coast.

Echelon 133 said...

IPA must be a conservative right wing consiracy beer.

Also I agree with Jonny on the Micro moniker. The minute Budweiser (now inbev) bought Red Hook I knew we were doomed.

JG

Mimbres Man said...

APA...I enjoyed a couple of Dale's Pale Ales (Oskar Blues Brewing in Lyons, CO) while in Silver City last weekend. Nice! I had a 6-pack but shared with friends at the downtown crit (friend has a front porch near the start/finish line so we were legal). http://mimbresman.blogspot.com/2010/05/home-for-few-days-tour-of-gila-stage-4.html

Gunnar Berg said...

JG,
Indias and Porters are beers of the extremists on both ends of the spectrum. My friend, The Judge, doesn't publicize his politics due to his trade, but I'm blowing his cover here; he's crazy liberal, almost as left as I am. The man won't drink anything that isn't to the extreme in hops and bitterness. He will actually pass on a moderate brew and sit dry and grumbling under his breath at the unfairness of life.

Echelon 133 said...

Gunnar:

I think Barin is have wwaaay too much fun in his old haunts. BTW Barin keep your wits about you, we want you to become some road kill from some crazy Indian chasing you off the road with his Navajo Cadillac (pick up truck)

Sorry Gunnar local NM humor, It has happened to me more than one in the land of enchantment.

JG

Rydjor Bike Shop said...

Gunnar - have you tried New Belgium's (new) Ranger IPA? I'm a big fan of Bell's Two Hearted as well. Both very floral - great. Widely available this side of I-90.

Meanwhile, waiting for Bell's to show up locally, especially their summer offering - Oberon. Oh man.

Jonny Hamachi said...

There's a documentary called Beer Wars and it explains a hell of a lot about the industry and is quite interesting. I found the panel discussion in the Extras to be even better. It's on Netflix and probably the web.

My definition of Craft Beer being less than whatever Sam Adams makes comes from there. Lots of interesting points made about the control of the Adjunct Beers on the Industry.

Highly Recommended.

Enjoying a Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye. If any of you find yourselves in San Francisco you should see where I work.

Gunnar Berg said...

I found myself there a couple of years ago. EVERYONE loves San Fransisco! I didn't. Never would be too soon.

Mimbres Man said...

Jonny,
When I lived out in CA for a short period of time, I discovered the beers of the Humbolt Brewery. Red Nectar Ale was my favorite back then...not sure if I'd like it now, but back the, I thought it was the schnizzle. Very expensive so I didn't buy it often.