The hotter summer gets, the more tantalizing the words "ice cold beer" become.
"In the summer people get thirsty for what we call a 'lawnmower beer,'" says brewer Chris Hunt from Moccasin Bend Brewing Co. "It's hot, it's muggy, and folks are tired out from mowing their lawn or doing something like that. They don't necessarily want something to challenge them; they want something that is going to quench their thirst."
Creating a light, refreshing beer that doesn't taste diluted can be a tricky task, Hunt says. Luckily for Chattanoogans, there are plenty of hometown brews crafted to help beat the heat and enlighten the taste buds along the way.
Here's a roundup of locally brewed seasonal beers to serve as a guide for anyone from the connoisseur to the Coors chugger. And remember to drink plenty of water as you sip your brew in the heat because alcohol dehydrates the body.
VerbEnium in the Cranium
The stems and leaves of the herb are carefully wrapped in muslin and steeped as a tea before being infused in a base American wheat beer during the brewing process. The result? A light, clean but impressively dimensional flavor with all the piquancy of summertime. It's not very hoppy, and not too citrusy, but its subtle notes of lemon and fresh-cut herb put a new spin on the traditional American wheat.
Hill City Gold
Weiss *' Shine