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Your Spring Guide to Classic Brews

Feb 23, 2021 | Lifestyle

Everyone claims to be a beer expert these days, but not everyone’s done the research to back it up. What qualifies us to give you advice, exactly? Many, many years of drinking great beer…that’s what! Whether you like to play it safe or are ready to venture out and try a new brew, we’ve got the scoop on the two most popular variations of beer to sip this season in Jax. 

Life is Better with Some Lager

The unique process followed to brew lagers forces the yeast to settle during fermentation. We all know and love the taste of a well-brewed light beer. From local craft versions to international staples, you simply can’t go wrong with this easy sipper. When you compare this beer to ales, lagers are a much paler hue. This is a go-to option year-round, and the perfect choice for those venturing into the world of beers. 

While there are many wonderful qualities to a good lager, it’s worth noting that they’re not the most complex. Compared to beers like a Red Ale and a Gose, lagers are the easy option any time of day. Next time you pop into Dockside, ask one of our team members for the best seasonal lager option. 

One of our favorite things about a lager is how well it pairs with pretty much all food, especially fresh seafood. The menu at Dockside is right up any beer drinker’s alley. 

A few of our favorite menu items to pair with your cold lager:

– Cocktail Pimiento Cheese Spread

– Shrimp Louie

– Seared Tuna and Spinach

It’s All About the Ales

Ales and lagers offer completely different flavors because of their completely different brewing process. Ales got their start in England in the 1700s, where Brits started to brew at warmer temperatures (between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit), unlike the cold temperatures used for lager. This unique process results in a beer with a very distinct flavor, smell and texture.

Craft breweries love to serve up creative approaches to the classic ale, from IPAs (India Pale Ales) and APA (American Pale Ales) to versions brewed with fruit or spices. Another typical ale is a stout, which is often an acquired taste reserved for the most experienced of beer drinkers. They’re dark in color, bold, heavy and certainly not for everyone.

Our Favorite Menu Items to Pair With Your Ale:

– Smoked Fish Dip 

– Shrimp Basket

– Crab Cake Melt

Come Sip Good Beer and Eat Fresh Seafood with Us at Dockside!

While both ales and lagers are totally different, Dockside Seafood offers a great variety of delicious ales and lagers to locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re sipping a cold one while watching the game or hopping off the boat for some afternoon grub, we recommend trying one of each to figure out your favorite. We look forward to serving you. Cheers!