Leinenkugel’s Canoe Paddler – #ThirstyThursday

It is a known fact that Leinenkugel’s Brewing will always have a soft spot in my heart. It is the brewery just down the road from my childhood home and […]

It is a known fact that Leinenkugel’s Brewing will always have a soft spot in my heart. It is the brewery just down the road from my childhood home and Leinie’s Red was the first beer I drank legally. And for that matter, I drank many Leinie’s before that illegally. Leinie’s has been pretty stealthy on my beerdar with two new releases. The Snowdrift Vanilla Porter snuck by me until just before release and I didn’t know about Canoe Paddler until I saw it in the store.

Seeing the Canoe Paddler Kolsch staring back at me from the supermarket shelf I had to buy it for two reasons. #1 I have to try a new flavor of Leinie’s when it comes out. #2 I was just reminiscing about summers in the Northwoods with my girlfriend. I canoed rivers in northern Wisconsin a lot in my late-teens through mid-twenties. There is something magical about a warm summer day in a canoe with just the sounds of nature. And nothing hits the spot after a day on a river or lake quite like a chilled beer.

With the first sip of Canoe Paddler I was instantly taken to July on the Namekagon River. Paddle for several miles and set-up camp, play in the river, and have a nice fireside dinner with a beer or two. The beer itself will not blow your mind. It is a Kolsch with a hint of rye. You get the smoothness that comes with your prototypical American beer. But the rye gives it just a little edge, providing more flavor than you would find in a Miller Genuine Draft. This beer is a picnic beer, a baseball beer, an hot summer day beer. It is the type of beer that you can drink without going overboard and relieves you of your tension on a hot day. It is definitely worth a try, especially as the temperature rises.

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