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Co-op Brew Corner: Shift into Summer

While it may not always feel like it, summer’s just around the corner. For some fans, the weather doesn’t much affect their choice of brew. For others, long days and elevated temperatures can mean a shift to something a bit lighter. Visit our Beer and Cider department to catch a sip of seasonal summer brews from across the country.

summerhoneySummer Honey Ale from Big Sky Brewing of Missoula, MO – 5% alcohol by volume / low IBU. A classic seasonal, Summer Honey is brewed with herbal spices and fresh Montana honey. Northwest-grown European hop varietals balance the sweetness of honey and lend lift to its aromatic properties to create a not overly sweet ale. Crafted in the golden or blonde style ale, it’s light and sure to slake your summer thirst. Pair it withpPicnic snacks: try the Co-op’s own Smoked Salmon Experience — a tasty blend of smoked salmon, green onions, cider vinegar and spices — with crackers and cream cheese. $8.99 per 6-pk bottles.

maidenMaiden in the Shade from Ninkasi Brewing of Eugene, OR – 6.8% alcohol by volume / 72 IBU. Dubbed a “Summer IPA” this seasonal is fortified with flaked barley and a big bouquet of Summit, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Crystal, Palisade, Amarillo, and Magnum hops. Grapefruit peel, pine, and bread-y caramel malts lend robust flavors yet also make for easy drinking. Keep a few around, this Pacific Northwest-style IPA is sure to please fans of hoppy, bitter beers. Pair it with: yams fried with Sriracha mayo-lime dipping sauce or classic grilled cheese burgers. $9.99 per 6-pk bottles.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.