By Ramon Gonzales
Beer, pizza, sex… even when it isn’t good, it’s still beer or pizza or sex right?
When it comes to scoring some suds at a concert however, usually you have to be willing to lower your expectations even more. The combination of venue pricing and subpar quality mean you have to get drunk enough to stop caring.
In an effort to cover every sensory base possible, the fine folks at Coachella decided to catch the craft beer wave and provide their attendees with some premium drinking options for those long, dry desert days.
If you are feeling parched, here is a look at some of the best beers being poured at Coachella this year.
OSKAR BLUES “G’Knight” Imperial Red
Let this be made very clear, this is not a starter beer. Clocking in with an ipressive 8.7 ABV, expect a buzz and real quick. This is an Imperial IPA, or a double IPA for easier translation. What does that mean exactly… a whole hell of a lot of hop flavor all at once. For those that really dig the potent, floral quality of a hip rich IPA, this Imperial from Oskar Blues out of Colorado is the Julk Hogan of IPAs. Brother.
GREAT DIVIDE Brewing Company – “Yeti” Russian Imperial Stout
On the stout side of stronger beers, this pours a bit more thick and frothy. Somewhere between dark chocolate, coffee, and beer is where the Yeti is best described. Checking in at 9.5 percent ABV however, don’t let the sweet roasty quality fool you – a couple of these and you will be trying to climb the stage with Alesso.
THREE WEAVERS Brewing – Deep Roots ESB
Straight from Inglewood, this ESB, or extra special bitter is about as true to style as it gets. While the idea of drinking down anything bitter isn’t a welcomed idea, the sharp bite is contrasted with a hint of caramel that makes the blend pretty damned tasty. Not a particularly overbearing beer in terms of alcohol, few ESBs are this easy to drink which at a concert means you don’t need to compromise quality for frequency.
GOLDEN ROAD Brewing – Hefeweizen
This is about as California as it gets when it comes to a beer. Likely the citrus pairing that works well with the wheat, this particular Hefe is backed with a honey malt that translates to GD refreshing. A vibrant, yellow hue works as a good indicator of this being one of those beers that tastes like it looks. Easy to drink and garnished with some orange, this is the goto daytime beer when the temperature in the desert is starting to get to difficult.
ALESMITH – “X” American Pale Ale
The fighting pride of San Diego’s craft beer movement, AleSmith does a killer job with their X. Cold liquid gold, the Pale ale in terms of flavor embraces a nice balance of pine and citrus. Jamming in a healthy amount of carbonation, the end result is a beer that smells strong, drinks zesty, and feels bubbly. Again, when it comes to drinking beers in the boiling desert heat, aiming for the heavy stuff might be a bad choice. X has got you covered.