Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
$8.99/ six-pack at metro beverage and grocery stores; also on draft at many metro beer bars.
Profile: The newest year-round beer from Sweetwater is an unfiltered American-style wheat ale. Released just in time for summer sipping, it’s light and refreshing, with bright citrus notes, malty sweetness, and some hop zip. Generally, American wheat beers don’t feature the spices common in Belgian wheat beers or the banana and clove yeast flavors that make German wheat beers so distinctive. Sch’Wheat is no exception. But this clean, easy-drinking brew is bound to be a warm weather favorite.
Pair with: The acidic citrus notes in Sch’Wheat make a good match for garden-fresh summer salads, goat cheese and seafood. Like most wheat beers, it makes a surprisingly companionable brunch beverage, especially with egg and cheese dishes, such as omelets and frittatas.
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast: brewingnews.com/southernbrew