When in … shower?

Hayley’s top five moments when that cold one tastes even better

By Hayley Fudge

For us beer lovers, there’s rarely a time that a well-crafted beverage of sorts doesn’t sound appealing or taste great. But there are definitely times when they just taste a little better than others. Here’s a look at five of the best times to enjoy a beer, and the best beers for the occasions.

Weekend brunch

French toast and a mimosa. Eggs Benedict with a loaded up Bloody Mary. Brunch drinks and food pairings are nothing new, but crafty brewers, creative bartenders and the rise in availability of lighter styles such as radlers, lambics, sours, shandys and ciders means weekend brunchers can significantly improve their late-morning eating action. Inspired craft beer cocktails such as beeritas (beer/margarita) and Bloody beers (Bloody Marys with a beer base) are making their way into more breweries and brunch spots. Pairing a tart fruit lambic with a Belgian waffle is a pretty excellent way to start off a Saturday or Sunday morning. Or if you’re more of a straight black coffee drinker, pair a sturdy coffee-forward breakfast stout and some coffee cake to get you going for the day or prime you for that perfect weekend afternoon nap.

After exercise

Studies have shown that a beer after strenuous exercise such as a run or hike can actually aid in the recovery process. Beer does, after all, contain electrolytes, water, carbs and plant-based nutrients. This certainly doesn’t mean that marathon trainees and Appalachian Trail hikers should pound multiple beers and see it as the most viable recovery beverage on the regular. But beer lovers who’ve ever completed a 5K on an 80 degree day, played a pickup basketball game, covered miles of trail on the bike or even mowed the yard can attest that there are few things that sound and taste as refreshing as a cold brew immediately following. Post-exercise swillers should opt for lighter beer styles—pilsner, kolsch, lager, pale ale or wheat—and also take in some water and balanced meal with protein and carbohydrates. The combination can help muscles recover and will buffer any negative effects of the alcohol.

In the shower

Forget the clichéd image of a glass of red wine or champagne sitting on the ledge of a bathtub full of bubbles. That’s so old school. If you’re not already aware that shower beers are totally a thing now, then you are behind the times. Facebook groups, Reddit pages and Instagram feeds are devoted to it, their adoring fans posting daring and bold shots of skin, soap and suds, all for the love of the game. The refreshing shower beer can be enjoyed alone or with company and brings some excitement to an otherwise mundane, routine part of your day. The combination of some tunes and a cold one are the perfect complement to a steamy rinse-off, and perfect way to unwind. Some trends are special, and this is one of them.

At a ballgame

Take me out to the beer game … oops, I mean ballgame. But ballgames have really upped their beer game in recent years. Most major league and/or professional football, baseball, soccer and hockey arenas now sell an impressive lineup of beers to enjoy during the game. It’s not unusual to see local craft tap handles and canned offerings from nearby breweries standing just as prominent as the macrobrews and tallboys. Take advantage of the seventh-inning stretch in a whole new way: grab a hot dog and a local beer and settle in for the final innings.

On a beach

Probably my personal favorite on the list, a beach beer is nothing short of a beautiful thing. Isn’t there even a song about it: Toes in the water, ass in the sand? Just add a beer in my hand and I’m a happy girl. With an insane variety of solid beers and beer styles now available in cans and other friendly to-go options like growlers, howlers and crowlers, a portable beachside pour poolside is not difficult to achieve. So pack those coolers and koozies, spread out on the sand or chaise and sip some liquid sunshine under the sun. This blissful situation is also achievable by a pool, on a boat, at the lake, etc. Beer-induced sunburn is not fun, though (I’ve heard from a friend). Sunscreen up before you start drinking.

Hayley Fudge is one of Dayton City Paper’s Resident Beer Geeks. An enthusiast of craft beer and the culture that surrounds it, Hayley aspires to share her love of beer with others by whipping up beer-infused cupcakes on the regular. Reach Hayley Fudge at HayleyFudge@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Hayley Fudge is one of Dayton City Paper’s Resident Beer Geeks. An enthusiast of craft beer and the culture that surrounds it, Hayley aspires to share her love of beer with others by whipping up beer-infused cupcakes on the regular. Reach Hayley Fudge at HayleyFudge@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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