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26  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2015 The Br Che Is there any greater pleasure in life than kicking back with a cold one on a hot day? Kp your cuome smiling a summer long with these sudsy offerings. by Emily Coleman New Belgium Pear Ginger Br With beertails becoming all the rage in craft cocktail bars around the country, it comes as no surprise that the ladies and gents at New Belgium produced a beer suited for these creations. The newest addition to their Lips of Faith series, Pear Ginger Beer dances across the tongue with sweet honey, ginger, ripe pear, lemon and apple—its bubbly carbon- ation leaves the palate dry. Mixed or on its own, the options for this brew are endlessly delicious. NEW BELGIUM BREWING COMPANY Mavericks Tuel Vision I say WEST, you say COAST. This boldly hopped (+100 IBUs) beer perfectly epito- mizes the IPAs that are made by those lovely states along the Pacific, with a bouquet of soft pine and floral greeting you up front. Bright notes of grapefruit lead into pine on the palate and finishes medium-dry with a bit of residual sugar. California, here we come! MAVERICKS BREWING SwtWater Second Helping There's no question about it—I love good beer. Almost nothing is better, unless you have a good beer that gives back. Enter Second Helping from SweetWater—100% of proceeds go to The Giving Kitchen, which raises money to help those in Atlanta's restaurant industry who are facing hardship. The brew itself also does its fair share of giving: To the nose, it doles out a healthy dose of pine, earth and malt, with hints of grapefruit. To the palate, it shares biscuit and bread notes, along with layers of juniper berry and faint caramel. A beer that will have you asking for seconds. SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY Beachwd Brewing Bael- aged Rye Like an Eagle While many beers will hide behind a clever name, barrel-aged Rye Like an Eagle flies above the rest with a smooth, medium mouthfeel and notes of vanilla, tobacco, cherry, cocoa and oak. A slight bitterness from the oak comes through before a finish of rye. At 12.5% ABV, this tasty treat is best enjoyed slowly with—might I suggest—Steve Miller Band playing in the background. BEACHWOOD BREWING AND BBQ Naaganse Summer Ale Founded in 1890, Narragansett Brewing Company knows its way around the mash tun. And the beer inside the 16-oz. cans of Summer Ale does its name justice—it's a crisp Blonde Ale that belongs anywhere the sun shines. Light in body, this sessionable brew rings in at only 4.2% ABV. Upon sipping, the initial layers of mild malt lead into gentle citrus hops and a dry finish. It will have your taste buds saying "ahhh" no matter the temperature! NARRAGANSETT BREWING COMPANY

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