Top Five Beers for the Road

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Only one thing could improve this view -- ice cold beers
Yes, you read that right. Beer for the road -- a.k.a. Road Sodas. Seriously, it's road trip season and what makes road trips more fun? Beer, duh.

Okay before you freak out, we're not talking about drinking beer while operating a vehicle (that means driving), we're talking about road sodas for the passengers.  Got it? P-a-s-s-e-n-g-e-r-s, not driver.

Okay, back to the road sodas.

We like Urban Dictionary's definition --

Road Soda
- An alcoholic beverage (usually beer or perhaps malt liquor) consumed inside a moving vehicle. This beverage can be consumed by passenger, driver, or both. Road sodas are illegal in most states due to open container laws. Still, they are widely enjoyed as evidenced by all the beer cans littering rural roadsides.

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Let's grab a six pack before we leave, there's nowhere to stop on the way and it's a boring trip without any road sodas.

Time to count down our top five beers for road.

5. Summer Solstice Cerveza Crema -  Anderson Valley Brewing really hit the nail on the head of summer with this brew. Light and fruity with hints of vanilla and caramel and one of the smoothest finishes we have ever tasted,  this is not your typical cream ale. Plus, look at the label. That's enough to motivate us to get out of town.

4. Anything by Oskar Blues - We're such big fans of everything that comes out of Colorado Brewery Oskar Blues it was hard to pick just one. So we picked them all. From the beloved Dale Pale to the extremely light beginner beer Mama's Little Yella Pils, grab a six pack and hit the road in style. Maybe stay away from the Ten Fidy -- 10.5% ABV usually leads to premature sleepy time.

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3. Tecate - Oh, stop your groaning. We can't drink craft beer all the time. Sometimes you need something light, refreshing and Mexican. Especially if your time on the road leads you to Rocky Point or San Diego. The reason Tecate wins over the other cheap cans -- it roughly resembles a can of Coca-Cola. Don't forget to pre-cut the limes!

2. Purple Haze - The fruit beer, not the cannabis. This one is for the ladies. Abita Brewing Co's raspberry wheat beer actually tastes kinda like soda. The perfectly carbonated, sweet stuff is crisp, bursting with raspberries and totally enjoyable. At only 4% AVB it won't get you completely shitface so you can still enjoy the scenery.

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1. Wilco Tango Foxtrot - Otherwise known as WTF. This is California based Lagunitas' best beer to date (argue away, we're not budging on this) and we wouldn't leave the house without it. The floral hops mingle well with hints of chocolate and strong caramel malts. For a 7.8% ABV, this brew is surprisingly drinkable and you'll probably wish you would have brought along more then one bomber for your trip. Great a long trip through the Arizona desert, when there is nothing to see and beer induced napping is the way to go.

OR you could always stop by your local brewery and pick up a growler or two of your fave. They fit in a cooler, they're resealable and refillable. See where we're going with this? You can refill it at various brewery stops on your trip and even bring back a "souvenir" so long as you don't get thirsty on your way back.

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Gerard
Gerard

Nice list, Shannon. It should be mentioned that it is against the law in some states for even passengers to drink in a moving vehicle. Yeah, it sucks.

MaxFischer
MaxFischer

Lost Coast Brewery has an amazing Tangerine Beer, very crisp and refreshing. I am a guy and like the sweet beers, so judge away, but I don't think your beer or truck lift should be an extension of your wiener. 

BeerSnob
BeerSnob

I believe previously the NewTimes listed Oskar Blues-Mama's Lil Pils in the top ten beers for pussies. Looks like it medals again here. WTF is not nearly as good as Brown Shugga or Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas.  I usually don't equate road sodas with quality beers or fruit beers.  Usually cheap and canned I say...

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lishuzheng

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psychbob498th
psychbob498th

what about PBR PABST BLUE RIBBON?  what are guys a bunch of  city yuppie pusses or what?

olllllo
olllllo

I eagerly await, "Top 5 Wines for the Off-Road (ATVino)", "Whiskeys to Enjoy in Public Bathrooms" and "Cough Medicines to Enjoy on the Light Rail"

lalahartma
lalahartma

Listen, ladies do not necessarily drink fruit beer.  I do know some dudes who do, tho.

Shannon Armour
Shannon Armour

I do like beer. What beers would you put on this list?

country joe
country joe

I thought PBR was the patriarch art fag hipster beer. I think that makse you more city yuppie pussy if you drink that shit.

Shannon Armour
Shannon Armour

I understand that ladies don't necessarily drink fruit beer, but a lot of them do and besides what's wrong with fruit beer? Sammie Smith's strawberry, Dog Fish Head's Black and Blue and Purple Haze are all delicious.

psychbob498th
psychbob498th

 men who drink fruit beers are probably gay fruits. get it?

Alehound
Alehound

and you prolly like fish stix.....

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