American craft brewers are addressing late-summer and looking to fall with a full slate of new beers you’re gonna want to chase down this weekend.
Oberon Returns (Kalamazoo, MI) – Bell’s has returned a classic, the brewery’s second most popular beer that’s right behind Two Hearted IPA in sales. Bell’s Oberon Ale is a 5.8% ABV American Wheat Ale that is fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a perfect warm weather beer.
A “wheat beer” really refers to any beer where a substantial portion of the grain used in brewing is wheat. Generally they’re hazy, citrusy, brews and have fuller mouthfeel. They’re also difficult to brew. And Untappd named Oberon as its highest rated Wheat Ale in 2021.
It’s Not The Heat, It’s the Humidity (New Orleans, LA / Houston, TX) – Louisiana is ranked as one of the top three most humid states in the country, with an average relative humidity of 74%. And Urban South Brewery’s newest seasonal release honors the brewery’s deep Louisiana roots.
Released just in time to help beat the remaining end of summer heat, Urban South Oh! The Humidity is 6.6% ABV Fruit Sour that pairs cantaloupe and mango for an unexpected tropical twist. Hundreds of pounds of fresh fruit are used to sweeten the tartness from the underlying sour base, resulting in a juicy and refreshing sipper that’s perfect for late summer on the Gulf Coast.
Serious Beer From The N/A Corner (Campbell, CA) – Non-Alcoholic beers have come a long way’s since craft beer’s emergence. And Northern California’s Surreal Brewing makes a very convincing Milkshake India Pale Ale. Crafted with milk sugar and seductive hop menu, Surreal Milkshake IPA is buzz-free full-bodied India Pale Ale with rich notes of orange and citrus complemented by vanilla and just a hint of sweetness.