Flavorful Female Ultimate 6er
As a woman who enjoys beer, I would like for other women to enjoy beer as well. Looking back at my journey from Natural Light to Pliny the Younger, a few beers have stood out to me along the way. The ones I have selected for the Flavorful Female 6er highlights six styles: Wit, Pilsner, Sour, IPA, Quadruple and Stout. I would recommend trying each of these styles to appreciate new and different flavors, but the ones on my list are some of my personal favorites and what I find to be good representations of the style.
White Rascal | Avery Brewing Co. Boulder, CO
This beer is my light, summer beer of choice. After a big hike or lying by a pool, White Rascal has the refreshing zest that says summer. Wits are a blend of wheat and barley, not filtered, and usually spiced with orange and coriander. White Rascal is all of the above. Try to resist the urge to put an orange slice in it; save your cocktail umbrellas and garnishes for mixed drinks.
Mama’s Little Yella Pils | Oskar Blues Brewery Lyons, CO
This beer is only found in cans, which makes it perfect for a park, beach or camping. Mama’s Little Yella is a good representation of a pilsner and my favorite “session” beer. A session beer is something that you can drink a few of over the course of an afternoon or evening. If a beer is “sessionable,” it is easy to drink and doesn’t fill you up. Mama’s Little Yella is crisp, clean and goes down easily.
Monk’s Café Flemish Sour Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge NV, Belgium
Sour beer. Some people love them and some people hate them. Monk’s Café is a good starter sour that has a sweet vinegar taste. This might sound a little bizarre, but this Belgian beer flows from the Flander’s tradition of making beer with wild yeast. The flavor is complex and intriguing.
Union Jack IPA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles, CA
I find that many women shy away from hops. Now, if you legitimately do not like hoppy beer, that is fine, but I recommend venturing in the realm of hops because most beers are going to have it and many will be quite hoppy. Union Jack is a beer that is very well-balanced and allows the drinker to appreciate the flavor of the hops without overpowering your taste buds.
St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV, Belgium
Rich, full-bodied, with a little bit of bite at the end, St. Bernardus Abt 12 is delicious and filling. Remember how I mentioned “sessionable” beers earlier? Well, this isn’t one. Sometimes it’s nice to just have a hearty beer. This dark, Belgian ale goes well with a meal or can be sipped on for dessert. It is consistently top-rated in the world.
Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown, PA
This stout is complex, flavorful and very well-made. If you enjoy your morning Starbuck’s run, try an evening stout. I would always recommend pairing a stout with some really good dark chocolate, and this one is an especially good beer to pair. Stouts can have a bitter finish, but you can either decide you hate hoppy stouts or think about a 70% cocoa dark chocolate bar. The great thing about stouts is that, like a good cheese, they release more flavor as they warm up. No more throwing away the last part of your bottle of light macro-lager because it’s gotten warm and you can actually taste it. Let it warm and enjoy the new flavors.
Well, there you have it. I present to you the Flavorful Female 6er. One last recommendation is to pour it into a glass. I could give you a long talk about glassware, but in the end, any glass will help you smell and taste the beer better than in a bottle. Some will work in a pint, juice or even a wine glass. Enjoy beer!