Sign up for Jonathan Gold's weekly Counter Intelligence newsletter!

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager

As one of California's grand old craft breweries, Sierra Nevada has always specialized in ales, but for summer it does make a wonderful lager. Summerfest is a little richer and smoother than your ordinary lager, which they credit to extra-long lagering.

Naturally, it has plenty of piney-citrusy hop notes in the nose and a spreading floral finish -- after all, this is Sierra Nevada, the virtual creator of our present-day hop-head phenomenon. Still, this is nowhere as hoppy as an India pale ale. It's just a lager that's almost too good to drink after mowing the lawn. It would be great with sausages on the grill.

-- Charles Perry Style: A rich, polished lager with a strong but well-mannered dose of hops

Where you find it: Available at Beverages & More stores (visit www for locations); Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463 or (800) 331-3005, www.hitime; and Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles, (310) 306-2822, $7.99-$8.49 per six-pack

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • 2007 Mas Las Cabes Muscat Sec Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

    2007 Mas Las Cabes Muscat Sec Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes

    In the Roussillon, Jean Gardiès is known for his intense and pure Syrah, Mourvedre and old-vines Grenache. But he also makes a lovely Muscat Sec, or dry muscat, which makes a terrific summer aperitif wine. Fragrant and sweet with the scents of white peaches, lychee and melon, this dry white has...

  • An Indonesian banquet, swathed in banana leaf

    An Indonesian banquet, swathed in banana leaf

    Java Spice's owners were born on different islands with distinct appetites for spice, so the burn level at the Rowland Heights cafe is a compromise. The signature dish features chicken, beef and more.