As July 4th weekend is almost upon us, finding that right summer beer for your party or barbecue is very important. Although you want liquor available for your July 4th drinks, there are few things more American than the perfect summer beer for the occasion. Here are the top 5 beers to drink on July 4th weekend.
Smithwick’s Irish Ale
This beer that is near perfection in a bottle, is a perfect July 4th beer for the experienced beer drinker. Originally produced in Kilkenny, Ireland, it is now owned by the Guinness brewing company in Dublin. This is a classic red style Irish ale. It has a beautiful red tone to it’s appearance and when poured correctly you end up with a head that is not too much but perfect. This ale is in no way sweet and actually is on the dry side which makes it a perfect summer beer. It also has that perfect, classic ale aroma. It has only been exported to the states for the last 5 or 6 years and we are very lucky that they decided to do it.
By it’s dark brown appearance you might think it is a little too heavy to be a July beer. Although it is on the fuller side it is light enough for the summer months. Guinness is made at the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland. It is the classic Irish stout. When poured properly, to go along with it’s dark brown color you also end up with a rich creamy head that is part of the experience. It has an almost burnt, dry flavor to go along with it’s roasted barley aroma. Let someone else select other July 4th drinks and you stick with what is right, Guinness.
Some say it is the perfect summer beer. It is a pale lager produced by Cerveceria Modelo at several breweries throughout Mexico. It goes down with a dry almost citrus flavor to go along with it’s golden yellow tone. The aroma also has a citrus like quality to it and it will remind you of the beach. It is best served ice cold with a lime wedge stuck in the neck of the bottle.
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
If you are on a budget this is the best July 4th beer. Or the best July beer, period. Originally from the Pabst Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is now made in Woodridge, Illinois. It is a lager style beer with a pale, golden tint. It is very light and dry with a hint of sweetness in the finish. The aroma just screams, classic American Lager. It’s light and crisp taste makes it the perfect beer to drink on July 4th weekend if money is an issue.
The “King of Beers”. Some might argue that there is nothing more American than serving Budweiser as your July 4th beer. It is produced in breweries all throughout the United States. Without a doubt, a Classic American lager. Budweiser is beechwood aged to produce that clean, crisp and smooth taste. It has a golden tint and an aroma that is only Budweiser.
As we celebrate America, have fun and throw a party. Have liquor around so people can make other July 4th drinks but we know beer is the way on this occasion. Any of these beers are a great choice as they are the top 5 beers to drink on July 4th weekend. Remember, have fun but walk or take a cab. Don’t Drink And Drive!!