Sixpack: Feel the burn this summer . . . with beer
By Joe Sixpack
Philadelphia Daily News
Daily News Beer Reporter
THE SUMMER beer season is upon us and you're still not ready to show off your six-pack?
Can't fit into last year's keg? Didn't achieve the proper shade of tan at your friendly indoor drinking salon? Ashamed of your can?
You need Joe Sixpack's Summer Shape-up Plan!
Five steps to a better belly
1. Clear out your winter brews. Sipping those heavy ales is like wearing an overcoat in August. Move 'em to the auxiliary fridge and don't worry - they're hearty enough to last till next fall.
2. Go shopping. Summer fashions are on the shelves. This year's hot trend: Belgian-style wheat beer.
3. Stick to your diet. Remember, summer beer is best when it's fresh, so don't bulk up on extra cases. You don't want to be stuck with last year's look in '09.
4. Pump up. There's nothing better than fresh draft beer at a party, served from a cold keg. Look for a sixtel - it's just one-third the size of a half-keg and serves about 50 12-ounce cups of your favorite ale.
5. Have a summer fling. Go ahead, try a fruit beer or a heady hefeweizen. Don't worry, you can go back to your old ball-'n-chain after Labor Day.
Pull on your sneakers and get active this summer. (Remember, always stretch for the opener before engaging in vigorous exercise.)
Cyclists traditionally fill their bottles with a radler (or shandy). Try Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, or make your own: one part Radeberger pilsner to one part lemonade.
Dunk Anchor Summer into a bucket of ice water, then tell your lazy kid to cut the grass.
_ Poolside lounging
Don't risk cutting your bare feet on broken bottles, grab a can of Sly Fox Royal Weisse or Dale's Pale Ale.
You won't get lost on your way to second base even after three or four bottles of Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale (just 4.5 percent alcohol).
A Belgian-style saison will stand up to anything that Kingsford can burn. Try Heavy Seas Red Sky at Night or Fantome Saison.