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    Beer Review: SummerBright Ale

    summerlogo.gifHey everybody, and welcome back to the CSU-Pueblo weekly (kind of) beer review. My name’s Eric, I drink  beer, and I’m only lazy cause it’s hot outside and the summer students only get a week vacation.Yes, the sun is beating down on the ghost-like campus of CSU-Pueblo. With most students going home or taking summer vacation off from school, the human population of the school has dropped drastically, leaving the cement pathways barren, parched, and desolate and the buildings empty and alone.

    The only company for the lone students you see on campus are the birds, and seriously, there’s a ton of them. I don’t know if it’s the lack of people or the weather or what but birds have taken over the school. They dive-bomb you when you walk by, they crap everywhere…it’s kind of scary. It’s one step away from becoming “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock.

    It doesn’t help that classes are condensed either, and although they may end after only a few months, sitting in a room for three hours, 4 days of the week, can be hard on the body and mind. 

    With that in mind, it’s only natural that a student may say “Hey, to hell with this” and decide to take a nap under a shady tree or maybe dangle his or her foot in the chilled waters of an enclosed apartment pool, and since goofing-off works up a powerful thirst, maybe that student will have a beer in hand…

    Well, I’ve got just the beer for you. Breckenridge SummerBright Ale. It’s an American-style pale wheat ale with a creepy sun on the label. His eyes are alive with mischief…

    When poured in your favorite pint glass, SummerBright Ale is a pale yellow sporting a thick white head of foam. If your mind wanders like mine, you might imagine it looking like a warm summer afternoon with thick clouds floating lazily in the sky, but if not, it looks more or less like a regular glass of beer.

    Smell wise it has a crisp, wheat aroma, much like the smell of field you would lay in, next to an orchard, with a sleepy dog by your side and a hat tipped to shade your eyes…

    The flavor is pretty mild, with bits of oat, wheat, and lemon peel, and leaves a lingering flavor in the mouth that is easily forgotten, like a wasted afternoon.

    The body of the ale is very light and watery, making it a good thirst quencher for those sweaty summer moments when the body needs to cool down.

    Yes, Breckenridge SummerBright ale is a decent beer. It’s nothing fancy by any means, but it’s perfect for picnics, fishing trips, long lazy evenings and guilty summer afternoons. It’s pricey at $7.99 a six-pack, but local breweries need money too.

    Summer Bright Ale gets a 3 out of 5, and I hope you all have a wonderful summer.

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      Cody B.May 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm

      Eric, there are few things more refreshing on a hot summer day then a good, cold, wheat beer. And as for the birds, I think its those damn pigeons that are giving the less annoying birds a bad rap.

    • D

      DavidMay 28, 2008 at 9:00 am

      Eric, I too occasionaly drink beer, as well as brew my own beer. You are right about the birds, they do crap everywhere. YUCK!! I love nature, but something needs to be done to combat the health hazard that the birds are causing around the library and library wing. It is disgusting and I am sure guest’s to our campus would agree to that. I digress, drink more beer!

    • J

      Jack seilheimerMay 20, 2008 at 10:53 am

      Eric, I enjoyed your reflections on the opening of summer school and the campus environment. I only wish you had a complete enough experience with the birds to enjoy the positive things about them. One thing a quiet campus provides is a wonderful environment to listen. To the wind and especially to the birds. They are at their peak right now in courting each other and announcing the territories. Each one is distinctly different for one who takes the time to listen and learn. Their bright colors (at least in the males) flash in the sunlight as they flit and fly around our beautiful campus.

      May I suggest that you take the time to learn more about birds as they represent a rich source of pleasure and beauty for you experiences in nature. You can enroll in my Ornithology Class next Spring (2009) or, even better, look up what the local Audubon Society offer in the way of programs and field trips at http://www.socobirds.org.