Golden hour

It’s only my second year down here, but I’m really starting to appreciate a good southern summer night.

I know I bitch and moan about the heat and humidity (although – less! since I’m not spending nine hours a week running in it!) but there is something kind of charming about spending all day shuttling from one air-conditioned environment to another and then emerging at sundown to bask in the sultry evening air with a cold drink in hand.

I’m not alone in my appreciation of this dusky hour. Unseen cliques of bugs hum busily in the trees. Fireflys kiss the tops of the grass. And I’m sure, over in Midtown, bunches of bar-goers are starting to plot their evenings out.

Tonight, though, I’m content to stay in and enjoy a beer on the balmy roof deck.

I’m running (racing?) a 5K in the morning, which I bore in mind as I scanned the cold beer aisle at Publix earlier this evening. Terrapin’s Golden Ale is the brewery’s self-described session (low ABV) beer, which sounded perfect for my low-key plans.

When I looked this up on BeerAdvocate to find out the actual alcohol content, I was surprised to see that it’s also classified as a Cream Ale. It’s a style that I don’t have much experience with, and the vague impressions that I do have aren’t particularly positive.

But the the Golden is not a bad beer. I mean…it’s a better version of your average light beer. Highly carbonated and refreshing, with just a touch of bitterness, I’m sure it’s a beer that would please a crowd. 5% ABV.

Bottom line: I don’t think it’s Terrapin’s best offering by any means (bring me a Wake-n-Bake!) but it’s certainly enjoyable.

Especially on a southern summer night.

I expect we’ll be having a few of those in the near future.

4 responses to “Golden hour

  1. I’m jealous of your roofdeck! Good luck in your race.

  2. Terrapin’s Golden is my favorite! I miss Georgia so much, I’m totally jealous! Cheers!

  3. The Southern heat & humidity are wicked. It just sucks from mid-May until mid-September.

    I’m so jealous of your deck! That’s the one thing this apartment is lacking – I have no where to sit outside & enjoy a beer or glass of wine :(

  4. Nice to run past you this morning. You looked strong — hope you are happy with your results! Maybe tonight you deserve a Wild Heaven Invocation? (If you have not checked out Decatur’s best beer, it’s time). See you Tues!