This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Laker Ale.
As the summer draws closer the beers turn lighter and lighter. We had a family over for lunch this past shabbos and as usually happens after the gefilte fish course, the topic turned to beer. (Of course the reason for this is that at this point I usually start to serve the beer). My friend Dan S asked me for a recommendation of a summer ale to bring to a father's day barbecue that he would be attending today. I asked whether his host had given him any guidance as to the kind of beer that he liked and Dan mentioned that his host like wheat beer. Well, this made my job relatively easy since one of my favorite summer beers is a wheat beer - Blue Moon's Honey Moon (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/05/sunday-night-suds-blue-moon-honey-moon.html).
But what if you want an ale with some hop bite but without a heavy alcohol content? I would recommend Laker Ale, a Canadian beer which has more than mild hop flavor, but is still easy enough to drink on a hot summer day.
The staff at BA have labelled this beer an American Blonde Ale, but I feel that the beer has more character to it than a mere American Blonde (I hate to say it but this category has some elements of k'shmo ken hu, which is why I feel that it is unfair to label the Laker Ale as an American Blonde).
The Laker Ale pours a dark gold - akin to apple cider. The beer has a fair amount of carbonation without being too overly effervescent. There is some hop bite in the first sip with fruitiness also in the taste. It goes well with shabbos summer lunch fare, but will never be confused with an IPA or the like.
Laker Ale is certified kosher by the COR (aka Kashruth Council of Canada). For the experts' take on Laker Ale click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/416/51570.
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