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It's Taste Test Thursday with Light (Colored) Beer

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Another Taste Test Thursday and today we explored the world of light beers (as in pale, not low in calories). There are so many out there, we limited ourselves to four. A word about beers-- made of water, malt, hops, and yeast, this beverage can be smart, complicated, breezy, or quite complex. Malt lends it sweetness and is responsible for the body or mouth feel of the beer. You know how some beers feel creamy in your mouth? Well, you can thank malt for that. Hops, in contrast to malt, provide bitterness and when the two act in concert-- there’s a really nice balance. Yeast--that’s carbonation.

Today we tried:

Long Haul Session Beer, with a 4.2% alcohol content, this is a beer meant for settling in and having a few. Amber in color with some floral notes and a nice creamy head, it was lacking some oomph but a good one to start with. It’s from Two Brothers Brewing Co. in Warrenville, IL.

Next up, Allagash White! Crafted like a Belgian white with light citrus and coriander notes, this is the kind of beer perfect to drink while sitting on the porch in the dead of summer. Shavon declared this to be her favorite. With a 5.2% alcohol content, it felt light and refreshing. It hails from the Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine.

Stone Pale Ale, from North County San Diego, CA,  had plenty of hops going for it and if that’s the type of beer you enjoy, it might be a good choice. We found the flavor a little too hoppy without much maltiness. At 5.4% alcohol content, it’s a good choice for a light, yet slightly bitter brew. It's made at the Stone Brewing Company.

Hands down, both Monty’s favorite and mine was the Lagunitas Pils Czech Style. Big and bold with a nice balance between malt and hops, we’d definitely sit down and have a few. From the Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma, CA, the alcohol content is 6.9%

Gather up a few or your friends and have a tasting yourself-- it's fun and educational.

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