This week, the title of this post is slightly misleading. Since I’ve moved from Vermont, Shipyard Summer Ale has actually been my go-to for summer beer. Because it’s a standby (and because I didn’t try anything new, this week), I figured I’d feature it.

BITTW: #Shipyard Summer Ale //

Shipyard Brewing Co., Portland, Maine

American pale wheat ale, 4.8% ABV

Seasonal, summer


Shipyard Summer Ale is available to purchase from March until August, which I find hilarious because Summer here actually only lasts two months. March? I sometimes still want to be drinking a porter while wearing wool socks. As soon as the end of May rolls around, though, I am on it.

This ale is a lovely gold, with a clean, refreshing taste. It’s not incredibly exciting, but I don’t always want an exciting beer. Sometimes I want something I can drink while I’m sitting on the couch, watching Drunk History (have you seen that, yet?), or relaxing on the back deck talking games and gardening with Timothy.  I’m not saying I don’t like to be fancy, or different, because I do, but I also really enjoy being comfortable. It’s practically my favorite thing. Shipyard Summer Ale is a comfortable beer. It’s the first summer beer I buy a six pack of (Sam Summer is usually the first on tap, however).

If you have not tried this and you live around here, shame on you. Give it a go. It’s got a tattooed lobster on the label, so it’s hard to miss.

I am still trying to figure out my voice for these posts, so bear with me as you may see some differences from post to post. I have a tendency to fall back into the style I used for okazu reviews, but I don’t know if that’s quite right. Be alert, friends; I am not much of a beer connoisseur. I am likely going to say some silly things. If you are a beer aficionado, I apologize.

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