There is no food more evocative of the Fourth of July in America than watermelon. It comes into season right about now and serves as the perfect refresher on a hot summer weekend full of barbecues and beer. But, what's that? You'd like to combine your watermelon with your beer? Okay, then try these three beverages by local breweries, because they've answered your American dreams.
Laimas Watermelon Kolsch Style Ale
This Boulder brewery had an instant success on its hand when it first began brewing this watermelon kolsch in 2013, shortly after it opened. Since then, Fate has begun canning the 5 percent ABV beer, which balances a hint of sweet watermelon with very mild hopping for a light, thirst-quencher that's perfect after a bike ride or any summer sun activity. You can find it on draft at the brewery or in a few other bars and restaurants, or in cans at various liquor stores around the Front Range.
Strange Craft Beer Company
A yearly favorite, Strange brews its Watermelon Hefe with 660 pounds of fresh watermelon (which makes for a messy day at the brewery). This year, Strange decided to package the 5 percent ABV beer in 22-ounce bomber bottles for the first time. You can find the beer on tap and in bottles beginning today, Wednesday, July 1, at the brewery and in a few liquor stores around town.
Jolly Farmer Watermelon Wheat
Locavore Beer Works
This Littleton brewery made Jolly Farmer to honor the July 4 holiday, and will tap the beer at noon on the Fourth of July as part of its Freedom Fest celebration (along with two other new brews). Rocky Mountain Catering will also be making baby back ribs using Locavore beers and serving coleslaw and regular non-beer watermelon.
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