Beer has always been seen to be the Rugged Man’s libation of choice. Wine can be too frou-frou after a day of chopping wood, and cocktails can take too long to make, and aren’t always as refreshing as a cool brew.
Here we highlight some wonderful brews that possess a rustic twist- from the oldest brewery in the States to a young brew-joint that sets its standards on colonial flavor.
If you love the outdoors, then Big Sky Brewing Company can offer you a brew to match! The brewery- out of Missoula, Montana- started in 1995, and features a delicious variety of craft-brewed beers, from their Moose Drool Brown Ale to Trout Slayer ale. The artwork on the cases- by Jane Nabozney- coordinate with their wild names, and the beers are considered to be wonderfully crafted. You can find a sixer at your local specialty liquor store, purchase online- or ask your local place to start carrying it!
If you like a taste of tradition and history, this is the brew for you! The Yuengling Brewery of Pottsville, Pennsylvania is the oldest American brewery, with over 180 years of continuous operation. This family-owned brewery survived Prohibition by concocting Non-Alcoholic beer and running a dairy. They even had their own spring house for the beer they made- its use was only recently discontinued due to demand for their beer, as Yuengling now uses over 300,000 gallons of water daily.
Woodchuck Ciders is the largest Cider Distillery in the United States, selling over a million cases in 2007. While this Vermont Cidery has only been around since 1990, Ciders have been consumed in America since the time of the Pilgrims. Woodchuck Ciders pride themselves on being craftsmen and connoisseurs, a genuine American company. Woodchuck Ciders have a wide variety of styles: from the bold 802 cider designed for beer-drinkers, to the light and refreshing Granny Smith cider, they have a brew for every palate.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., of Chico California is seen to be one of the best craft-brewers in the country. With a delicious array of brew types, they also have an amazing array of sustainable business practices. Sierra Nevada possesses one of the largest private solar arrays in the United States and currently sustains 1/3 of their plant’s operations. They also use the spent hops, grains and yeast from their brewing process to feed local cattle, whose waste is then used to fertilize Sierra Nevada’s Experimental Hops field! It’s nice to enjoy a brew that gives just as much joy to the earth in recycling as it gives to you in your belly!