Archive for the ‘Beer of the Week’ Category

Most things in moderation are good for you, and I believe beer is one of those things. I generally like to have three cups of water and replenish my electrolytes while I head to the good stuff. Dehydration, calories, and your “drunkenness” should be your concern. After races I make sure to get an orange or banana in as well, in addition to some food (with lean protein) to enjoy with my beer.

Every week I’ll report a beer I find particularly good after a run, or just a beer I find particularly delicious, or just a beer from a 6-pack I decided to try out. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it too.

I’m taking a break from the summer seasonals, and diving into something that’s offered year-round. But for my wheat enthusiasts, this American-style Hefeweizen still represents a taste that many look for in a summer beer. Magic Hat Circus Boy was the beer of curiosity this week. I don’t often seek out Circus Boy, but there’s no complaint if it arrives in a variety pack. Magic Hat is a reliable brewery, that I will trust far beyond it’s staple, #9.

Circus Boy has a light golden yellow color, with a lemon and wheat aroma. For all intents and purposes I’ll say this one has a light (bordering medium) body, and almost as light of an alcohol content to go with it. Grassy hops and citrus taste make this beer easy to go down for a novice. It’s refreshing and finishes pretty crisp – all in all, a nice summer brew.

Alcohol by Vol: 4.4%ABV
Calories/12 oz.: About 135

Would I drink it after a run? This can go down well after any run you have planned. If rationing beers I’d save this one for either easy runs or impossible races (where you might be slugging down a few).

Would I drink it during a beer mile? It’s kind of watery, and definitely refreshing so I’d hope that lemon kick would put me into the next gear.

Would I drink it without any relation to running? I could see myself drinking this. It’s not bad. Circus Boy is good for staying civil and still having a good amount of beer. But it’s an American take on a Hefeweizen which might say enough right there.

To the beer runner in you,
Dels

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I’m a huge beer supporter. The government warns that “women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects” and “consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs the ability to drive a car…and may cause health problems.” both of which are obviously true without a doubt, so there is no argument there. But if you’re not driving and you’re not pregnant, can post-run beers really hurt you? Dehydration, calories, and your “drunkenness” should be your concern.

Most things in moderation are good for you, and I believe beer is one of those things. I generally like to have three cups of water and replenish my electrolytes while I head to the good stuff. After races I make sure to get an orange or banana in as well, in addition to some food (with lean protein) to enjoy with my beer.

Every week I’ll report a beer I find particularly good after a run, or just a beer I find particularly delicious, or just a beer from a 6-pack I decided to try out. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it too.

Brewed in New York

As the summer rages on, so does my decision to stick with summer ales. This week’s beer selection is none other than Brooklyn Summer Ale. The Brooklyn Brewery and I have had a storied past — not necessarily directly, but let’s just say in my younger days it reintroduced me to my ol’ buddy, the porcelain throne. But all that is in the past, and I’ve learned to appreciate what the ‘Brooklyn Lineup’ has to offer. I generally go with them when in search of a pretty good IPA, but I found it fitting to give the Summer Ale a go.

I’m not disappointed in my decision one bit. It’s got a nice rusty golden color. I drank this one straight out of the bottle, though apparently they also serve it in cans now. It’s a great refreshing treat whose “100% two-row barley” really does make the difference. This beer goes down smooth as the barley is responsible for most of the taste, but the hops add just enough citrus flavor to give it a good balance. It’s still got a bit of bitterness for a nice finish. Grill some chicken and asparagus with this one!

Alcohol by Vol: 5.0%ABV
Calories/12 oz.: 150

Would I drink it after a run? This could be a summertime go-to-beer. I’d drink this after any race or run that I have on the schedule

Would I drink it during a beer mile? Wouldn’t make the race any easier on myself, but it would definitely go down just fine.

Would I drink it without any relation to running? For sure. It’s got a pretty light body so I’d probably have to be in the mood for it, but if it were handed to me out of the blue I’d be delighted.

Oh Brooklyn, my first true love..

To the beer runner in you,
Dels

I’m a huge beer supporter. The government warns that “women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects” and “consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs the ability to drive a car…and may cause health problems.” both of which are obviously true without a doubt, so there is no argument there. But if you’re not driving and you’re not pregnant, can post-run beers really hurt you? Dehydration, calories, and your “drunkenness” should be your concern.

Most things in moderation are good for you, and I believe beer is one of those things. I generally like to have three cups of water and replenish my electrolytes while I head to the good stuff. After races I make sure to get an orange or banana in as well, in addition to some food (with lean protein) to enjoy with my beer.

Every week I’ll report a beer I find particularly good after a run, or just a beer I find particularly delicious, or just a beer from a 6-pack I decided to try out. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it too.

Pale Malts and German Hops

This week’s beer belongs to a brewer close to Philly hearts, Victory Brewing Company. Sticking to my seasonal stretch I decided to grab a Summer Love Ale whose label with has a lot of Philly and summer decor, and a nice story on the back that combines two of Philly’s loves: beer and baseball. It’s refreshing, it’s got a medium body, and a golden yellow color — unfortunately the same golden yellow as the urine of a dehydrated person. Summer Ale well-balanced, holding back on the punch of its hops, but still represents that it is no pushover. You can taste the lemon on the onset and it has a clean smooth finish, with a mild lingering bitterness. What to eat with this? I’d venture on some crab legs, grilled salmon, or try with rice, broccoli, and scallops.

Alcohol by Vol: 5.2%ABV
Calories/12 oz.: Estimated 160-165

Would I drink it after a run? Any race to a 10k, I’d be taking this down afterwards. The lemon zing isn’t exactly the citrus I’m looking for after a race. After a run

Would I drink it during a beer mile? Not a tough chug, it’s pretty refreshing, but I can’t imagine this would feel good after lap two.

Would I drink it without any relation to running? Absolutely. It wouldn’t be my beer of choice but if it’s on tap and I’m switching things up I’d definitely grab one.

See what Victory says about summer…

To the beer runner in you,
Dels

So I went for a run with a friend because he’s looking to get back into shape. It was the first time we’d run together in a few years, and since I’m more accustomed to distance runs, our 4.4mi run might have affected his cardiovascular system a little more than mine. After we ran we did some standard static stretches, and headed back home. Once he got home he texted me…

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I’m a huge beer supporter. The government warns that “women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects” and “consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs the ability to drive a car…and may cause health problems.” both of which are obviously true without a doubt, so there is no argument there. But if you’re not driving and you’re not pregnant, can post-run beers really hurt you? Dehydration, calories, and your “drunkenness” should be your concern.

Most things in moderation are good for you, and I believe this is beer is one of those things. I generally like to have three cups of water and replenish my electrolytes before I head to the good stuff. After races I make sure to get an orange or banana in as well, in addition to some food (with lean protein) to enjoy with my beer.

So this has all really sparked the inaugural weekly ‘Beer of the Week’. Every week I’ll report a beer I find particularly good after a run, or just a beer I find particularly delicious, or just a beer from a 6-pack I decided to try out. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it too.
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I start this segment off with a beer from one of America’s famed brewers, Samuel Adams. I generally am a huge fan of Sam seasonal beers. They go with an American Wheat as their summer treat. The tangy and citrusy taste go with the summer sensation. It is not very heavy, definitely quenches thirst, and would go great with light, low protein seafood/chicken meals.

Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.3%ABV – 4.1%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 166

Would I drink it after a run? Yeah I’ll drink this one after a race up to a marathon. You could even slip a an orange into your glass, if that’s you’re style, to get even more Vitamin C in you.

Would I drink it during a beer mile?Because of its tang and medium body I’d opt for something else, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

Would I drink it without any relation to running? It’s a good beer. I’m not big on wheats to begin with, so I probably won’t grab this one for the remainder of the summer, but it’s definitely a solid BBQ choice or would complement lobster or ‘All-U-Can-Eat’ crabs well.

To the beer runner in you,
Dels