Picnic planning is always a bit of a burden. You need to not only put the basket together; you need to make sure that you are choosing items that will go well with the setting. Food aside however, you’re probably going to want to take a few beers with you, and we want to point out that there is a significant difference between beers you would drink at a night club and beers that you would drink at a picnic.
You need to make sure it goes well with food, and you need to make sure it’s pretty light. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as a beer that overpowers your food and ruining your picnic, so without further ado, take a look at our picks for your next outdoor meal.
Trader Joe’s Stockyard Oatmeal Stout
This is a stout, but we just want to say it’s a prime example of how stouts don’t actually need to be thick in order to be enjoyable. It’s also a great counterbalance to starchier foods as it contains hints of chocolate and cherry. It’s light bodies and perfect for picnics – make sure this one is in your basket the next time you head out into the great wild picnic grounds.
From the country of Belgium comes a pilsner that is outstanding for the outdoor enthusiast. Not only does it reek of nature in taste, it has a floral smell that really goes well with the nature surrounding you. It’s pretty low in alcohol, so you’ll definitely be able to drive home after you’re done.
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
We want to say that this one is pretty bitter so make sure you have something to counteract that in your picnic basket. This also is an IPA rather than a craft beer, so you won’t taste anything entirely unique, though we do have to say it does a great job of standing apart from most other beers that you might bring on a picnic. If anything, we’d have to say it reminds us of the ocean.
Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
Okay with this one looks can be more than a little deceiving. When people look at it for the first time they make the mistake of thinking it’s a cider, but it’s actually pretty wheated. It’s lighter, and it definitely has a bit of a candy flavor to it. In other words it’s not something that you’d find yourself drinking at a bar, but it’s definitely something you’d want on a picnic, and why not?
Your picnic isn’t going to be complete without one of the above beers, so make your choice and get ready to have the meal if your life whether it’s by yourself, with your significant other, or with your entire family.[Image Credit]