A Summer Beer Myth Debunked

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July 19, 2013 by Prost Brewing

Beers of many colors

We have all done it. We have all judged a beer by its color assuming such falsities as dark beers are heavier, higher in alcohol, and with more calories than the “light” pale yellow hued brew. We might even picture drinking a dark beer as we sit beside the fireplace with the snow falling in the background. The truth of the matter, however, is that dark beer tells the beer drinker nothing more beyond that the beer was made with dark malts, and that it may have a more roasted flavor profile than a lighter beer.

Beyond this, dark beer is just a color, and cannot be used to judge the flavor profile, calorie content, or alcohol content of a beer. Thus, when you see people gathered at Prost Brewing’s biergarten drinking light brown colored beer in the heat of summer, you may not judge their drinking preferences.

Dark Beer in Summer

Dark may be just as good as light in the heat of the summer. It all simple comes down to a matter of preference.

After all, you wouldn’t want to miss out on Prost’s darker hued Altbier this summer, fresh and ready to be drunk in Prost’s biergarten under that Colorado sunshine. Similar to your favorite summer ale, Alt is made with a top fermenting yeast that thrives in the heat. The Alt is then lagered (aged) until it obtains the clean, soft finish of a lager that makes it such a delicious summer beverage. This brown colored beer gem is often hard to find in the U.S. and even beyond because the process of making it is so complex that few brewers consider it worth the trouble. All the more reason to head to Prost before it has all been drunk by your fellow summer beer drinkers.



When making your beer selection this summer, make your selections beyond color, keeping an open mind as to what makes the perfect summer beer. With an open mind, you can discover some of the German classics at Prost Brewing that you may come to enjoy even more than your typical, light colored summer brew. Of course, Prost Brewing’s lineup of light colored summer brews will have you refreshed and satisfied as well. Just remember that in the world of beer, color may very well be deceiving.


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