Sometimes fun in the sun includes bringing along a tasty adult beverage, with cleaner ingredients. Organic or gluten-free? Yes, please! Whatever you’re celebrating, we say “cheers” to living in the moment with these clean adult beverage products!
Organic Apricot fruit ale
He Said: Okay, big asterisk on this beer. This is not beer that is brewed with apricots, it is a light lager that is mixed with apricot juice poured into the bottle. It had a very sweet fruit apricot juice taste, and only the slightest beer aftertaste. This is the perfect beer for someone who doesn’t like beer.
She Said: Hmmm, this is way more juice than ale, and that’s dangerous! It was delicious, like carbonated apricot juice with just a bit of ale flair. I love that it’s organic, and from Yorkshire’s oldest brewery.
Golden Hammer Organic Lager
He Said: It’s that time again when I’m forced to drink beer and tell you guys about it. Hopworks has a nice light lager here. It has a citrusy flavor up-front, with a nice hoppy finish. It reminded me a lot of zee German lagers—think Heineken und Becks but with a bit more hops. It was a gut bier, yah.
She Said: The perfect accessories with this lager: can koozie, sunglasses, a beach chair, and toes in the water. I loved how crisp and refreshing it was when it was ice-cold, and so smooth! No face-distorting bitterness or hoppiness. An ideal summer brew!
Ground Breaker Brewing Co.
Olallie Blackberry & Rosehip Ale
He Said: Drink this one out of a glass. It has an awesome red amber color, and the can it comes in is ugly, haha. I found the flavor of this one very flat. It was sweet dry berries up front with a floral almost soapy hops finish. If I had to sum this one up in one word, that word would be meh.
She Said: A great one for those tired of the same ‘ol, but don’t want to go “full fruity.” Just a slight sour berry flavor and smoothness made this one unremarkable, but easy to drink. Hey, at least it’s gluten-free!
He Said: Okay, let me start by saying the flavor of this was decent. It had nice champagne-like bubbles, a tart taste, and a bready yeast aftertaste. Now the smell, on the other hand, was absolutely atrocious. I kid you not, it smelled like yeast and urine. I was only able to try about four sips. This one will be great for people who have no sense of smell. Glad we only bought one can.
She Said: Oh boy. The rotted fruit aroma upon opening the can turned my stomach. BUT, I had to press on for you, faithful readers! Be glad it’s me and not you, because the sour feet taste that followed lingered looooooong after those few sips I managed to choke down. Maybe my palate isn’t refined enough? Maybe quality control’s taste buds are nonexistent? Sorry, but this mead should have been left in the Dark Ages. Oy.
Epic Brewing Company
Glutenator, gluten – free beer
He Said: Is it really beer if it’s not made with barley? This frankenstein beer is made from sweet potatoes and molasses, and you can definitely taste both. Earthy and sweet, with a molasses and hops aftertaste. It’s interesting but not really something I would drink again. Oh, and I can’t say the name without doing my Arnold voice, “Get to da choppa!”
She Said: Mmm, surprisingly smooth! An easy-to-drink, light beer I’d recommend even if you aren’t avoiding gluten. It’s so awesome that nowadays even folks with dietary restrictions can readily find tasty products. This one even has a fun name, the “Glutenatorrrrr,” (said in a deep grumbly voice while flexing those pecs).