Drinks To Bring To A Cookout, Part I: Beer

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It’s that time of year again. Time for parties with friends, co-workers, family, and every option in-between. When you are getting ready to go to said party there is always that discussion and confusion on if you should bring something to the party other than your awesomeness. And while your personal contribution is a given, the question remains on what exactly to bring.

Food is difficult and worrisome what with food allergies, potential transportation spillage, and possible palate conflicts.

Gifts are….just forget it, you’re not bringing a gift to a cookout!

The best option is to bring some drinks. If there is too many drinks at the party, no worries, the hosts won’t mind. Plus the drinks won’t spill en-route, and if someone has an allergy or doesn’t want to drink, they won’t be left wanting. But the difficult quandary comes down to selecting the “right” drinks to bring. Lucky for you We Like Drinking has your back.

Today we zero in on beer to bring to the cookout. Wednesday the focus is on wine, and on Thursday, we introduce our favorite cookout cocktails.

Drinks To Bring To A Cookout, Part I: Beer
Lagunitas IPA

Lagunitas IPA is among several solid choices.

IPA

Not everyone is an IPA drinker, but your discerning beer drinker will probably appreciate something with a little more heft and hop character than the traditional summer fare. If you’re in Colorado, right now we might recommend Aspen Brewing Company’s Independence Pass Ale. At 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) and 62 IBUs, it packs a necessary punch and delivers with a sweet, hoppy finish.Lagunitas IPA (6.2% ABV, about 46 IBUs) straddles the fence between West Coast and English IPAs. It’s a great choice with a hop profile and sweeter finish that is not a palate wrecker. If you’re looking for something sessionable, Boulevard Brewing Company’s Pop-Up Session IPA, a 4.3% ABV IPA with 40 IBUs and a nice flowery aroma.

Lagers

It’s the choice for hot weather and will be your most popular choice for a cookout (so bring extras in this category). Many beer drinkers just want a break from something heavy, and there are plenty of choices. One good Colorado offering is Bristol Brewing’s Yellow Kite Pilsner, a golden ale that stands at 5.25% ABV and 25 IBUs that is true to Bavarian tastes. It’s crisp with a nice finish, and the name can make you think of the Patriot Benjamin Franklin on the Fourth of July. Of course, Marble Brewery’s Pilsner is another solid warm-weather choice at 4.7% ABV. If you’re looking to expand a bit, Full Sail Brewing’s Premium Session Lager is a great choice. It’s 5.1% ABV and 18 IBUS. There’s not much going on in the flavor profile, but it’s refreshing without being overpowering, and 12 packs come with stickers. For a change of pace, maybe you could throw in a chili beer (we like Twisted Pine’s Billie’s Chilies).

Darker choices

If you are biding your time with session beers when the sun is out (or even a few tasty IPAs), you may want to switch to a beer with more malt profile at night. Might we suggest Odell Brewing Company’s Levity Amber Ale? The 5.1% ABV, 24 IBU ale would make a great transition from the IPA to something darker. You could also try Odell’s Cutthroat Porter (5.1% ABV, 17 IBUs) to see what your hosts are made of while crafting s’mores in front of the fire pit. It’s also not too bad to consider something straightforward like a Fat Tire from New Belgium or a Guinness Stout. The former is not one of our favorites, but it’s popular nonetheless.

Remember to know your audience before you bring anything. You want to provide new experiences, but you also don’t want to alienate your friends. Tomorrow we introduce you to some good wine choices.