Despite all of our differences, this divided nation comes together at least once a year to commemorate the Fourth of July. Beer was an integral part of our colonial past, so it seems appropriate to break out a few brews with names that in some way celebrate America.
Heretic Make America Juicy Again, $2.29-$2.49
You're forgiven if the name made you think this was a fruit laced ale—the "juicy" refers to its abundance of dry hopping. It's a lemon drop-colored, hazy pour with a thick head that leaves a sticky lacing. Resiny hops dominate the nose, backed by whiffs of peach and orange. The hop profile on the fruit-filled palate (orange, Meyer lemon, pineapple) is definitely juicy, with almost no bitterness, while the creamy finish lingers on and on.
Sockeye Lonesome Larry American Lager, $1.49-$1.69
A thin head covers this palest of pale, straw-colored lager. The mild aromas are a mix of freshly mowed grass and lightly toasted grain, while sweet malt and soft, fruity hops color the palate with a bit of bread dough on the finish. A quaffable step up from industrial lagers, the story of Lonesome Larry personifies American perseverance. If you don't know it, it's worth the Google.
21st Amendment Sparkale Sparkling Rose Ale, $1.99-$2.19
Fireworks in the title from a brewery named for the merciful repeal of Prohibition—what could be more Fourth worthy? If you like cider, you'll love this fruit-driven, pink-hued brew. Laced with apple, cranberry, peach and cherry, you pick up those elements more in the mouth than on the nose. It's lightly carbonated, crisp and refreshing—bet you can't drink just one.