Sometimes an inventive amalgamation comes along that warrants a giant face palm and a personal admonition (generally spoken aloud) of “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Witness: peanut butter and jelly IN ONE JAR. Or the hamdogger.
Or, beer with watermelon in it. Brewers generally prefer to add fruits like cherries, raspberries or peaches to their hoppy creations. But just in time for summer, watermelon beer is having a moment. Here are a few I’ve come across that you should definitely make an effort to track down.
Hell or High Watermelon by 21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco) starts with a wheat beer base and adds watermelon for a fresh and crisp table beer with just a hint of fruit. The most surprising thing about Hell or High Watermelon is how dry the overall effect of the beer is. There is very little residual sugar—not something you’d expect from a beer that boasts one of the juicier, sweeter fruits in season right now.
We Saw Them Coming from Inglewood’s Three Weavers Brewing Company brings a watermelon sweetness to the funk of a saison pale ale. This beer is actually a collaboration with the aforementioned 21st Amendment (watermelon evangelists apparently), and was brewed in very limited quantity in honor of this year’s L.A. Beer Week. There’s still a couple of kegs kicking around at this point, so keep your eyes peeled for this summery delight.
Dorado with Watermelon is another extremely limited release, this time by Ballast Point Brewing out of San Diego. This beer starts with Ballast Point’s deliciously hoppy double IPA, Dorado, and adds watermelon for an interesting union of watermelon and citrus. Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin (IPA with grapefruit added) is another victory of beer and fruit from the brewery. Perhaps next summer we’ll get a blueberry stout or a pineapple blond.