With the national holiday celebrations over in Canada and the USA that means summer has well and truly arrived. With the season comes the quintessential summer camping trip with friends or family. I’m heading out myself this week, rain or shine, so I thought I’d share three of my camping beer recommendations that you can take on your next trip into our great, wide, wilderness.
Coal Harbour Brewing 311 Helles Lager
What camping trip is complete without a crisp refreshing lager by the lake, river or campfire? You can’t get much better than the 311 Helles Lager from Coal Harbour Brewing. This lager is a bit unassuming, you may have passed it by at your local BC Liquor Store but it’s well worth stopping for. An 8-pack will run you about the same cost as a 6-pack of most craft options, but beyond the value there’s the flavour too. This lager definitely adheres to the Munich Helles style with nice, light grassy noble hop tones that let the malts do most of the talking. Crisp and refreshing, this beer is certain to become a mainstay on any summer day.
Fieldhouse Brewing Field Saison
The folks in Abbotsford have recently started packaging their beers and if you’re heading into the Fraser Valley to get some camping done, a stop at Fieldhouse is a must. Their Field Saison is nicely sessionable at 3.8% so having a can or two during the day is not going to put you out. There’s lots of flavour packed into that low ABV can as well. It’s a great take on the Belgian Table Saison style, making for a lighter, easy-drinking beer that you can enjoy all day and still keep enjoying the sun or shade.
And if you’re making your way through Abbotsford, don’t forget to check out the other breweries in town to see what’s on offer to take away: Ravens Brewing, Old Abbey Ales, and Hathi Brewing all have a little something different for you.
Bomber Brewing Parklife Passion Fruit Ale
It’s no secret that this beer has become a staple of the Vancouver summer. Bomber has put together a gem in Parklife, as evidenced by how hard it is to find this beer outside of the brewery. And I’ve heard that Bomber is even having a hard time keeping it in stock there! Another sessionable beer, Parklife combines some of the juiciness of a radler with a bit more beer flavour to make for something that is unique and incredibly tasty. On a hot day, or after a hike, this is the perfect beer to help you cool down and rejuvenate. Just be careful. You may want to keep this away from your friends as you may notice a few have gone missing if you’re too lax in guarding your cooler!
These are the beers I’m taking camping with me but did I miss anything important? What would you take with you to compliment your perfect camping trip? Leave a comment below or let me know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!