Beer is a drink often associated with the joys of the outdoors. A long hike, pickup football game, or even a day spent mowing the lawn is best capped with a refreshing lager or hoppy pale ale. While a rainy spell does mean that outside playtime may be cut short, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good beer or three. These are our picks for the best rainy day beers, crafted for savoring indoors with long, mindful sips.
Bo & Luke by Against the Grain
As kids, a stormy day used to mean sitting in front of the television watching reruns. Take that wasted youth spent watching Dukes of Hazzard to a new level with this expensive, highly sought after, and worth every second of the search, American Imperial Stout.
All you need to know about this beer comes from the bottle’s text:
We took the ingredients in bourbon whiskey (Barley, Rye, Corn) and then smoked them with cherry wood and brewed a huge imperial stout with them. Then to top it off we aged it in Pappy VanWinkle Bourbon Barrels.
And yes, that’s exactly what it tastes like.
Rain Check by Sierra Nevada
This beer may also take some extra effort in hunting down, as it was brewed in 2014. But for those who had the foresight to cellar a few bottles, now is the time to pop them open. Inspired by the numerous rain delays that plagued the construction of the brewery’s new Mills River, NC facility, this beer is an Imperial Stout with ginger and lime additions. So, drinking this while watching the rain splatter the windows makes perfect thematic sense.
Normally strong lime and ginger flavors are reserved for lighter ales like witbiers, and this sweet stout had many people scratching their heads when it was first released. With two years of age, it has blended into a spiced chocolate fudge of a beer with added notes of cinnamon and vanilla.
Lovely, Dark and Deep by Brewery Ommegang
An Oatmeal Stout may seem out of character for the Belgian-inspired Cooperstown, NY brewery, but Ommegang jumped in and made this style its own. A low 5.3% alcohol by volume, you can definitely enjoy more than one in a sitting. While there is no bite from the alcohol component, there is plenty of exciting complexity with dark chocolate flavors accentuated by dark fruit nuances, a bit of licorice and some burnt-malt char for good measure. It’s the beer equivalent of drying off by the fire with a melted handful of Hershey’s Kisses and a spiced hard candy.
As the saying goes, “April’s showers bring May flowers.” Take that optimism to heart this spring and enjoy a “glass half full” beer tasting the next time a thunderstorm cancels your outdoor plans.