Skinny Dip from New Belgium Brewing

IMG_2297.JPGWhile the term “Skinny Dip” may be inappropriate for a nation plagued by a shocking increase in obesity, it nevertheless evokes images of adulterated summer fun unlike any other. The prospect of shedding clothing and jumping into clear blue water may be anathema to some, but to others it represents the pinnacle of freedom, relaxation, and the ultimate in care-free fun.

2015 brings the return of New Belgium Brewing’s seasonal: Skinny Dip. While many describe this as an American Blonde Ale, but it’s more accurately an American-Style Pale Craft Lager as it uses a lager yeast.

IMG_2300.JPGSkinny Dip is a crisp, clean, amber-colored lager with a light body, but a notable bitterness and Cascade Hops flavor in the aftertaste. The beer’s crispness is punctuated by the peach juice used during the brewing process. The head is a solid-two fingers, lumpy white with moderate-sized bubbles and a delicate lace. 

The relatively low ethanol load (4.2% ABV) and modest energy reserve (117 calories) makes enjoying several Skinny Dips a not-too-taxing proposition. And if you serve it at parties, it provides an easy rejoinder for any guest who is asking for a second but can’t wait: “Keep your pants on!”

IMG_2298.JPGNew Belgium is a socially conscious brewer and, through July, Skinny Dip is calling attention to Waterkeeper Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that stands for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways worldwide. Snap a picture of yourself drinking Skinny Dip, upload it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #WaterkeeperDip, and New Belgium will donate $1 (up to $10,000 total) to Waterkeeper Alliance. We all benefit from clean water, and here’s a tasty way to get involved.