Friday, May 11, 2012

Food & Beer Friday :: Terrapin new release party!

I started Food & Beer Friday last week, but I am quickly realizing it can be very difficult to commit to posting on one specific day per week.  At the same time, it does give me something to think about all week...which beer to spotlight!

This week's spotlight:

Terrapin Easy Rider was released this week.  Since D is affiliated with Terrapin, I figured it would be fitting to spotlight this delicious beer (even though it's not available to you west coasters).  I complain a bit about there only being hoppy and/or "heavy" beers in our beer fridge.  In all honesty, Terrapin has phased out their less-hoppy beers (especially in the year-round variety).  Finally Easy Rider is the perfect solution!

Easy Rider is a seasonal release for Terrapin.  It's technically labeled a "hopped up session" ale.  Beer Advocate describes a session ale as,
"Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish - a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability."
Basically, you should be able to drink a few many a handful of beers without feeling really drunk.  Perfection!  Easy Rider has a perfect amount of hops for me - not too overwhelming.  It's a smooth beer that goes down so easy on a hot day!

I consider session beers to be perfect to cook-outs, spring/summer drinking on the porch, and packed in the cooler for our day-trips to the beach.  They are pretty versatile when you're looking at food pairings.

[My FAVORITE black bean burgers...I just add corn]

Even as a vegetarian, I still eat venison which D grills a bit.  Regardless, I still love a black bean burger over any meat version.  Easy rider is a perfect addition to these black bean burgers!  Next time you're thinking about the white wine for your outdoor cook-out, check out Easy Rider!


1 comment:

Ash said...

i love this post! and idea! but i so know what you mean about making a post every week... it can be daunting, but also gives you something to focus on..

when you come out here, please school me on all the beer terms- cuz i know nothing! i know what i like, but when you start talking hops and barley and grains and ish, i'm lost (and likely just downed my hoppy barleyesque beer)..
ok thanks.

oh, and happy mother effing friday, friend!


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