Happy Labor Day! Today we have a guest post from Laura who writes on behalf of MicroMatic with some of her favorite beers to help celebrate the holiday! Thanks Laura!
So, you’re throwing your yearly farewell-to-summer shindig, and you want to know the best beers to go with your epic Labor Day cookout. Look no further: our guide will make your journey to the corner liquor store the easiest it’s ever been.
We’ve paired favorite beers of all types with classic BBQ eats to ensure that everyone at your soiree has the perfect brew regardless of their main course.
1. Fruit Beers—Blueberry is a summer classic, but you can find beers fermented with peach, watermelon and any number of other summer fruits. Light and refreshing, a little bit sweet, fruit beers are a great way to say farewell to summer, and that’s what Labor Day is all about. Pass them around to start the party while the main dishes are grilling and the crowd is munching on appetizers and snacks. Try Bar Harbor’s True Blue Blueberry or 21st Amendment Brewery’s Hell or High Watermelon.
2. Summer brews—Summer brews are famously crisp and refreshing, perfect for a warm day. These tend to be lighter beers —usually pale ales and wheat beers, which have the advantage of going well with almost any kind of food. Your vegetarian friends will be happy swilling summer ale while munching on grilled portabellas or eggplant slices, as will your carnivorous friends with their grilled fish or chicken. Try Celsius Summer Ale from Baxter Brewing Co. or Summer Love Ale by Victory Brewing Company.
3. Autumn brews—Labor day may be the farewell to summer, but this year’s autumn brews are already hitting the shelves. Pumpkin beers are among the most eagerly anticipated of the season, and tend to be darker and earthier than their summer cousins, with a little kick of spice. A hearty pumpkin ale pairs well with grilled chicken or pork. Try Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale or the Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale.
4. Bocks—Bocks are dark, malty beers that go well with strong flavors. Pair them with your biggest, baddest burgers or veggie burgers—they could overwhelm chicken or fish. Many are only available in the Spring like Pandora’s Bock from the Breckenridge Brewery but some like Sam Adams Double Bock can be had year-round.
5. Chocolate Porters—the darkest of the dark beers, most people consider porters to be too heavy for a cookout. While it’s true that they can overwhelm many cookout foods, they do have a place once dinner is over. Top a nice chocolate stout with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you have yourself a grown-up version of your childhood root-beer float. Try Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter or the Dark Chocolate Porter from the Lighthouse Brewing Co.
With all of these options on hand, your guests will be able to easily pair their favorite food with their favorite libation. While you’re here, why not share what your beer of choice is for Labor Day? Happy grilling!
Laura Carroll is a writer for Micro Matic, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of beverage dispensing equipment. Micro Matic specializes in draft beer equipment including kegerators, towers, and party pumps.