We all know that summer brings on a heat wave that is often the cause of folks staying indoors where they think it is safest. However, doctors are becoming a bit more vocal about the habit of staying inside with the air conditioning as time moves on. Sure, that air conditioning unit may seem like your best friend, but you may be putting yourself at even greater risk for heat stroke and dehydration by avoiding acclimating your body to the heat. Don’t risk a meltdown. Instead, consider spending a bit of time outdoors and go enjoy a great summer craft beer.
While there are those who will naysay about enjoying a nice, cool, and refreshing sessionable brew on a hot summer day, you just might want to give it a try. We’re not suggesting that you go out and hunt down those high ABV brews. Far from it. Instead, look for more sessionable brews, much like they brewed centuries ago for this exact reason. While these brews feature all of the great flavors of their heftier cousins, they also include an ABV that generally does not rate higher than 4.2% on average, making them a great alternative for those humid summers.
Perhaps you’re wondering why you would need to be outside during the heat of the day. The simple fact is that going outside, kicking your air conditioning down a notch indoors, and drinking more fluids are all ways to reduce your risk of heat stroke and dehydration. Don’t believe us? Check out this article on acclimating to the heat and why it is important. Hydration and acclimation are two very important things, especially with every summer seeming to get a bit hotter.
One important thing to remember, besides the fact that you really do need to get outside more, is that you need to take breaks inside as well. If you’re starting to feel hot, take your brew inside and cool off. Grab a big glass of water as well, because your body is likely telling you that it needs hydration. Yes, that delicious summer craft beer is great and the sessionable brews are better for the heat, but you also need water. Although our resident portaholic swears up and down that coffee is water, please, remember that it is not (though she’s proven impervious to the heat and drinks coffee most of the day, making us sweat just watching her).
Although our resident portaholic swears up and down that coffee is water, please, remember that it is not (though she’s proven impervious to the heat and drinks coffee most of the day, making us sweat just watching her). If you’re feeling too warm, get indoors. If you haven’t taken the time to acclimate your body to the heat, get started doing so! Many states are expecting pretty high temperatures this year and we would hate to see anyone in our awesome craft beer community hurt by the heat waves that will likely hit. Most important of all, drink responsibly and be safe!