Contrary to popular belief Homer Simpson isn't the only one who enjoys an ice cold barley pop. Beer seems to go hand in hand with fishing and even more so in the fly fishing community. And for good reason. A frosty cold one is the perfect way to reflect on the days events, whether it be the epic catches or the one that got away. A good beer seems to relax you and enable you to truly enjoy the awesome places the fish we chase inhabit. I've created a list of five of my favorite stream side refreshments and while there are loads of truly great beers out there these are the ones that always seem to find themselves bouncing around in the truck bed as I cruise the winding dirt roads in search of my next adventure.
Creature Comforts, Bibo
Creature Comforts brewery is located in Athens, GA, and while they are still gaining traction, these guys and gals brew some unique and incredible beers. Although Bibo is currently only available in draft this is one amazing pilsner.
Jekyll Brewing, Big Creek
Jekyll brewing is another GA born brewery, located in Alpharetta, GA. Big Creek is a Kolsch style beer that has a crisp, dry quality, with a fruity and slightly tangy taste that has "pear" characteristics. Big Creek is an excellent beer for those evening hatches in the dog days of summer.
New Belgium, Fat Tire
New Belgium is the first brewery on my list that resides outside of the state of GA (I'm not bias). Their beers are brewed in the rocky mountain west in the great state of Colorado. Fat Tire was the first offering from New Belgium and I'm pretty sure it has served them well. Fat Tire is an amber ale and according to New Belgium the carbonation and light sweetness finish clean on your palate. Who can't get on board with that?
Sweetwater Brewing, 420
Sweetwater is another brewery in the state of GA, but don't get it twisted. They definitely have a national presence. 420 is an extra pale ale and like Fat Tire was the beer that got things rolling for the folks at Sweetwater. Not only is 420 a great beer, the folks at sweetwater deserve an extra shoutout for all of their support and funding to protect my backyard fishery, the Chattahoochee River, which flows through the heart of Atlanta.
Oskar Blues, Dale's Pale Ale
Last but certainly not least is Oskar Blues, Dale's Pale Ale, brewed in Lyons CO. Dale's Pale Ale delivers a hoppy nose and contains assertive but balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. This beer really needs no introduction and deserves a spot in every fly fisherman's cooler.
Well there you have it folks. In all honesty I could've created a list that would have crashed the servers of this blog hosting site, because well... that's how much I love beer. Additionally several of these breweries are major supporters of fisheries and wildlife preservation which gives you an even bigger reason to support them and drink their beers! Drop us a line and let us know your favorite streamside brew!