The 4th of July is right around the corner, and you know what that means. It means burgers, BBQ, family, friends, and of course beer. What's more American than beer? I know I know, it's the most popular beverage in the world, so it's not necessarily an American based commodity by any means. However, this country was most likely founded over a couple of pints of beer. Our founding fathers were all home brewers, and we all know what consuming a few beers leads to; conspiracy theories. Well, it's true, our founding fathers (more than likely) met at taverns and discussed the future of 'America' over a pint or two.
For this 4th of July, go out and buy a true American beer. Miller/Coors and Anheuser-Busch products do not count, as they are both owned by giant global conglomerates. Instead, buy something from one of the over 2,000 available breweries now in America. To make it a little easier, I've compiled a list of a few that are available almost everywhere. If these are not available in your area, go to your local brewpub and pick up a growler. I know this list is short, but it will at least point you in the right direction. If you live in Texas and are reading this, you know what to do, go and get one of the many delicious Texas beers available!
Yeah, you knew it was going to be on the list. It's officially an American classic. Samuel Adams is the largest American owned brewery, and they have plenty of styles to choose from. However, I recommend the classic Boston Lager. This is the beer that got me into craft beer back in college. Its hoppy characteristics give it a very distinct flavor against the malt background. It's a perfect session beer for hot July 4th days next to the grill.
Anchor Brewing has been around since the beginning of the Craft Beer Revolution, right alongside Samuel Adams. Their Liberty Ale is a classic American Pale Ale that's generously hopped with Cascade hops, lending a very floral and citrus-y aroma. It's smooth, bright, and another perfect session beer.
I'm very partial to Dogfish Head. I love all of their beers, but their 60 Minute IPA is a classic example of what a good IPA should taste like. Heavily hopped, very bitter, but incredibly smooth. It's 6% abv, so it's almost a session beer. And seriously, what's more American than a great success story brought up by a crazy idea...let's brew off-centered ales for off-centered people. If you can't find this one, Stone IPA is another fantastic IPA.
This one is completely open ended. I suggest you go to your local brewpub and grab a growler. Fill it up with anything you want or ask the bartender for a recommendation. You never know, they might have something special on tap that you might just fall in love with. Brewpubs are essential to the American lifestyle and the craft beer movement, so go support your local brewpub!