A BBQ and Two Beers

Yesterday we grilled.  This is not unusual.

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Here’s the grill.  The fire caught quickly and burned pretty hot.  We put steak, burgers, hot dogs, and sweet corn on.  It was all delicious.

I had two beers.  Well, not at the same time, as they were different.  This is odd for me, because I usually only have one beer.  Very rarely do I have two unless I’m at a party or something and it’s offered to me.  But I digress.

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This beer is called Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.  It’s a wheat beer mixed with lemonade.  It’s kind of an acquired taste, but I loved it when it first passed my tongue.  It pours out cloudy and yellow into a beer glass, with a short foamy head that dissipates quickly.  It smells like lemonade with a bit of hoppy, beer-like goodness.  This beer is very drinkable and satisfying with a refreshing flavor.  It’s smooth, with no bite.  I prefer beer with no bite, hence why I don’t like IPAs.

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Beer number two was Bell’s Oberon.  This is a wheat beer with hints of orange.  I think it’s brewed with orange peels.  Anyway, this pours out fizzy into a glass, and has a small head.  The taste is smooth and slightly sweet with those hints of orange.  This is a local Michigan beer, and it’s incredible.  This is a filtered wheat.  I generally prefer my wheats to be unfiltered, but this is an exception.

These two beers are probably my favorite beers in the world.  I could drink them every day if I wanted.  Both taste like summer, both are refreshing and taste and smell good.

I guess that’s my thing… beer has to not only taste good, but smell good for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I like German-style lagers and stouts and all of that stuff (except for IPA, please don’t serve it to me; there will be a rant about IPA on a future date).  But these two (and by association Blue Moon) say summer and early fall.  They’re delicious.  If you like beer, and can get these two, please try them.