The fishing opener is thankfully almost upon us.
This year conveniently scheduled the weekend after Mother’s Day so we can begin our annual walleye harvest free from the guilt associated with leaving an empty spot at the brunch table.
This year as aspiring anglers gather up their Lindy rigs, spinner baits and Swedish pimples, they’d do well to consider more than just what fishing gear to bring. In 2016 a proper beverage pairing can prove just as crucial to successful a day on the lake.
Luckily we’ve got you covered, the perfect elixir no matter the species of fish you fancy.
The quintessential Minnesota fish.
When seeking a classic, always pair it with a beer that is just as classic. Our flagship XLCR Pale Ale should do the trick delivering a truly balanced bite, just like your average Walter. Consume an XLCR while on the hunt, then be sure to pair it with your catch for a shore lunch tandem featuring two of the best our state has to offer.
The ultimate trophy fish is said to require 1,000 casts per fish landed– this means you may be out for a while. Therefore a proper beer pairing must be a session beer, able to help ensure that 1000th cast is just as true as the first.
We recommend the classic Big Island Blond. Now available in cans, this brew is easy and approachable and therefore a good complement to a musky which is neither. We urge you to cast responsibly however as no one wants to catch an errant double-ten-bladed bucktail in the melon.
Any angler who likes a vicious fight on the end of their line loves hooking into a bass. They may battle and strike like they’re angry, but the ultimate show of respect is when they jump. Therefore we recommend an angry beer synonymous with taking a leap.
Bridge jumper IPA packs just as big a wallop with 7.5% alcohol by volume. With a number like that, the savvy sportsman might consider ceding control of the trolling motor.
The world record Northern Pike was a 55 pounder caught in Germany 30 years ago by local fisherman Lothar Louis. Since the granddaddy of all lunker pikes hails from Germany, why not seek to best the record while sipping on a German inspired Bitteschlappe Brown Ale. Oh sure, the tiny hammer handles that you’ll catch will never approach 55 pounds, but then again, your name isn’t Lothar, so what did you expect?
If you are heading out in search of sunnies, we recommend a zebco, a dock and a simple juicebox.
There you have it, perfect beverage accompaniments for a great weekend on the lake. Remember, they may say that a bad day fishing beats a good day at work, but a great beer trumps them both.