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Co-op Brew Corner: Drink Your Summer Fruit

Summer is great, and even better with beer and cider within reach. Days of warm weather set the stage for many of us to kick back and reach for a cold brew. Each season, creative minds behind breweries large and small are trying something new — adding unique ingredients or blending together different styles of brewing. Stop on by and check out our ongoing selection of new quality micro brews arriving each week, from across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Heavy Melon from New Belgium Brewing of Fort Collins, CO & Asheville, NC — 5% alcohol by volume / 14 IBU
Super crisp and refreshing from start to finish, Heavy Melon Ale shreds through the summer heat. A blast of melon notes gives way to ripened fruit aromas of melon, papaya, and citrus, and sets up an invigorating wash of fruity sweetness, grassy bitterness and a dry finish. To make this innovative new seasonal, the brewers at New Belgium add lime peel to the boil to extract its fragrant essential oils. They then add watermelon flesh during fermentation to capture its delicate fruit flavors. The result is a not overly fruity-flavored beer, but something with a pleasant tartness, and lots of thirst-quenching carbonation. Serve it cool with BLT sandwiches or garlic fries with tartar sauce. $7.49 per 6-pk, until 7/31/16, regularly $8.99 per 6-pk.

kirschgoseKirsch Gose from Victory Brewing of Downington, PA — 4.7% alcohol by volume / low IBU
This ruby red sour ale is an extremely limited release that takes a bold and bright step outside the norm. Victory’s Kirsch Gose combines gentle Spat Spat hops with the tart, lemony flavors of traditional German Gose-style ale and the sharp, sweet burst of fresh Montmorency Michigan cherries. The aroma of this special variety of sour cherries blends with a refreshing salty character in this crisp, session ale. Pair it with cheesecake or dark chocolate. This gem is available for a very limited time for $9.49 per 4-pk.

scrumpsummFarmhouse Summer Cider from J.K. Scrumpy of Almar Orchard, Flushing, MI — 4.5% alcohol by volume / sweet cider
Support small orchards and farmers by enjoying this hand-harvested, small batch brewed cider from J.K. Scrumpy. The cidery’s latest offering, Farmhouse Summer, is their unique take on a traditional, lightly spiced farm cider. Designed to fuel thirsty farm-workers during harvest, this sweet, yet refreshing blend of fermented juice from whole pressed apples offers hints of orange zest, raisin, and coriander. Enjoy this Farmhouse Cider as a food-friendly, easy drinking alternative to a wheat ale (Hefeweizen) or Riesling white wine. In addition, it’s unfiltered, naturally gluten-free, sorbate-free, sulfite-free and certified Kosher. Pair it with blue cheese stuffed figs or spicy habanero nachos. $6.99 per 22 oz.

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.