Each week throughout the football season I'm going to suggest a good beer for the ubiquitous pre-game tailgate. Let's be honest, with tailgates it's not always top quality that you're looking for. To steal a phrase from the heinous beer terrorists at Budweiser, you want "drinkability." (or what a real beer connoisseur calls "a session beer") So, be warned, these may not be "the best" beers around. But, in the words of Dave Chappelle as Samuel L. Jackson "IT'LL GET YOU DRUNK!"
It's Ute week, so the honorary beer selection is Polygamy Porter from Wasatch Brewery. Indeed, why have just one?
The real selection, however, comes from local brewery Crystal Springs. Started by a local Boulderite, Crystal Springs is named after Boulder's first brewery, the long-since folded Crystal Springs Brewing and Ice Company. Started out of the founder's house, they've been brewing for the last few years, but only recently opened up a tap room in Louisville's Colorado Technology Center. Their Summertime Ale is the last gameday beer-o-the-week for 2013.
The name is a little unfortunate. It invokes a seasonal mindset, but this kolsch is far from seasonal, and can very easily be enjoyed any day of the year. The kolsch-style is clear, crisp, and hoppy, and makes for a great session brew. Crystal Springs' version is easy drinking, and pleasingly simple.
You can find these in four-packs of 16-oz man cans, perfect for a wintry tailgate in prohibitionist era Utah. Look out Utes, the drunken Buffaloes are coming to town!
Happy Friday! Go Buffs, beat the Utes and Falcons!