By Julie Provost
St. Patrick’s Day is here–grab some beer and take some time to relax. Everyone has their favorite drink of choice but something local to your duty station can be a fantastic choice. Here are the popular pours at popular duty stations:
Germany is the perfect place for any beer-lover. From local beer trucks delivering straight to your house to the craziness of Oktoberfest, Deutschland knows what beer culture is. You might be enjoying a Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier today. This cloudy Bavarian-style wheat brew has a light, yeasty sweetness to it with banana-like flavoring. It pairs well with a seafood dinner. You also might be enjoying a Pilsner, a beer that’s crisp and refreshing with a hoppy bite.
Welcome to the land of the pubs! In England, you will find a wide assortment of beers at the local watering hole. Short for “public house,” they are favorite hangouts with lots of conversation, drinking, and eating. While in England you will probably be drinking a Carling, a Canadian beer introduced in the UK in the 1950s. This beer is light and crisp with a refreshing aroma and taste. Today, especially, you’ll be surrounded by Guinness, the Irish dry stout that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
Japan is the seventh largest beer producer in the world, and they seem to be in the midst of large beer boom right now. One of the most popular beers is the Asahi. This is a dark draft beer with a rich and deep flavor that pairs well with Japanese food. The Asahi Super Dry is a lager without the heavier malt flavors that its competitors use. The taste is similar to Northern German beers.
When you think of Hawaii, you probably think of tropical mixed drinks, but beer is important to the islands, too. Kona Coffee Stout is made from Kona coffee. This thick, dark beer is meant to be savored and not chugged. Another option is the Bikini Blonde Lager, perfect for summertime which is luckily all year around in Hawaii. This is a light, refreshing and smooth beer made in Maui.
The San Diego area is home to a lot of military as well as a lot of breweries and brew pubs, with over 100 currently and more opening all the time. The IPA–or India Pale Ale–is a favorite here. The unique taste goes well with Mexican food. The Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is a must. This beer has hints of apricot, peach, mango, and lemon but still has a bit of sting to it. Modern Times Beer is a hoppy wheat beer with a tropical touch of mango, tangerine, and passion fruit.
Colorado is the number one state in the US regarding gross beer production, and Denver has been called the “Napa Valley of beer.” If you are in this state, you have a large selection of beer to choose from. One of the crowd favorites is Colorado Cream Ale, a blonde ale that is light as well as crisp and refreshing. It’s made from Alamosa-grown and malted two-row barley, brown rice, and Cascade hops. Another option is Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout which is aged on a blend of French and toasted oak chips.
Julie Provost is an associate editor at Military One Click and a National Guard spouse. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.