It’s supposed to snow in Devils Lake tonight. That, coupled with 25 mph winds, mean I’m probably not going anywhere. I need a reminder of what lies beyond the dreary doldrums of winter, and that’s where our next beer comes in.
Beer: New Belgium’s Dig
Origin: Ft. Collins, Colorado
Full disclosure: I love New Belgium. It is my favorite brewery. It’s based out of Ft. Collins, which is a lovely town. It’s nice to have something that reminds me of home.
But I hadn’t gotten a chance to try their spring brew yet. (Tangent alert: I enjoy their current winter brew, Snow Day. But their old winter selection, 2 Below, was ironically way above Snow Day. My good friend Jeska brewed a clone of 2 Below, which was divine…I really need to get into home brewing).
It is still winter…and the temperature hasn’t broken 40 degrees in months, but why let technicalities ruin the fun?
The first thing you notice is the gorgeous caramel color. The head is like a cloud.
The taste is absolutely perfect for a spring/summer. It’s a fairly hoppy drink, which I’m not usually a fan of. But I like the flavor here. It’s not too heavy. New Belgium knows how to balance out the bitter with a sweet lemon flavor. The two sides balance themselves perfectly. When you first taste it, the lemon dominates. It makes you want to find a beach to properly enjoy this beer. But the finish helps add the weight of the hops. Neither flavor completely satisfies on its own, but combining them creates a wonderful taste ballet on my tongue.
The hops flavor lingers much longer than the lemon flavor. It adds heft to a spring/summer brew. It’s a summer brew you can still feel manly drinking.
Verdict: The best hoppy beer I can think off off the top of my head. I’ll definitely buy it again when I’m looking for a good warm weather beer. It’s the manly choice for your lemon beer.
This beer goes well with this song, “Light and Day/Reach for the Sun” by The Polyphonic Spree. You might have heard it before. I think it was in a car commercial, but it’s so damn cheery, I can’t hate it! I saw these guys live a few years back, and it was the most emotionally positive concert experience of my life.