Top Craft Beer Picks for National Beer Day by Tommy Hops

I think we can all come to an agreement that the National Fill in the Blank Day routine is getting a bit out of hand; National Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Something On A Stick Day, National High Five Day, and National Lost Sock Memorial Day. Yes, those are ‘real’ (pointless) holidays, the list goes on and on and on. However, like everything there is an exception to the rule; National Beer Day!

April 7th marks the date when beer lovers unite to celebrate their favorite beverage. Now for me, National Beer Day is a weekly holiday, but if you are looking for a good excuse to gather a few friends and indulge in a cold libation give the following craft beers a try:

Ballast Point Sculpin Family

Photo from Ballast Point's Instagram

Photo from Ballast Point’s Instagram

Ballast Point has rapidly become one of the most popular breweries in the country with their tropical hoppy flavors. Leading the charge with hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors is Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. A couple tasty line extensions of Sculpin IPA include Grapefruit Sculpin and Pineapple Sculpin. For more of a kick, give Ballast Point Habanero Sculpin a try. Also, if you are looking for a hangover cure for April 8th, give Ballast Point’s Fugu Bloody Mary cans a whirl.

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Photo from Brooklyn Brewery's Instagram

Photo from Brooklyn Brewery’s Instagram

We are now over two weeks into spring and as the mercury slowly rises up the thermometer I begin to fiend for Brooklyn Brewery’s summer seasonal: Summer Ale. This sessionable, crisp, ale is easy on the palate and made to accompany you on all your warm weather activities. In preparation for all of these adventures check out Brooklyn Brewery’s video below. P.S. If this video doesn’t get you excited for summer please crawl back into your winter cave and hit snooze.

Gose – Sierra Nevada Otra Vez & Lost Nation Gose

The gose (gose-uh) style recently has been experiencing a revival in the beer world. If you aren’t familiar with this style, do not worry, until recently not many have been. Gose is a traditional German style beer that is a tad sour and has a salty taste. 

Photo from Pro_Bier on Instagram

Photo from Pro_Bier on Instagram

Lost Nation of Vermont has made the Gose style the staple of their brewery. Recognized by Forbes Magazine in 2015 as the Best Craft Beer in America, Lost Nation Gose has a tart, dry finish combined with the hint of salt and citrus. Gose in a 16oz can is a perfect pairing for the summer.

Photo from Sierra Nevada Instagram

Photo from Sierra Nevada Instagram

Earlier this year Sierra Nevada launched their own twist on a gose, Otra Vez; a gose-style ale brewed with prickly pear cactus and grapefruit. That’s right, prickly pear cactus. I couldn’t tell you what the heck a prickly pear cactus is, but the beer is delicious. Give this one a shot with Thai or Vietnamese noodle dishes.

Allagash White

Photo from Allagash Brewery's Instagram

Photo from Allagash Brewery’s Instagram

When it comes to wheat beers, Allagash White is the gold standard! This award winning Belgian witbier offers a healthy helping of coriander and orange peel that leaves drinkers refreshed and eager for another sip. Rob Tod and the good folks at Allagash have been brewing their White for over 20 years now; it is truly a classic.

Founders All Day IPA

Photo from Founders' Brewing's Instagram

Photo from Founders’ Brewing’s Instagram

If there was only one beer to drink on National Beer Day, it would have to be Founders Brewing All Day IPA. This session IPA is brewed to fully satisfy your taste buds all while keeping your wits about you. What better way to celebrate all day than with All Day IPA? Pick up the unique 15-pack and enjoy!

No matter which beer you find yourself sipping on National Beer Day, just remember to please drink responsibly!!!

Tommy HopsUpon graduating from Coastal Carolina University, Tommy Hops joined the beer industry as a Social Media and Events Coordinator for Craft Brewers Guild of Boston.  Since then he has taken on roles as the Corporate Marketing and Media Specialist and most recently, the New England Key Account Manager for the Sheehan Family Companies. For the latest craft beer news and happenings follow him on Twitter: @Tommy_Hops.

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