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Born in the USA: Domestic Craft Beer Pairings for July Fourth

On Independence Day people are going to be taking to their beaches and backyards to enjoy a day with friends and family and celebrate our nation's birthday. Two of the best July fourth traditions are barbecues and fireworks. You're going to want a few cold ones to go with your burgers and sparklers.

Sure, you can go to the supermarket and pick up a case of whatever happens to be on sale, but why not impress your friends with a little holiday beer pairing?

We enlisted Lauren Bowen, creative director at Tap 42 to come up with the perfect brew to go with our favorite backyard barbecue favorites. All of these beers are available at larger liquor stores and specialty grocers and, in honor of our nation's birthday, they're all proudly made in the USA! Here are her picks:


"The best compliment to a Burger is an Amber Ale. An Amber Ale is a slightly caramel, easy drinking ale with mild hop character. These crafts are extremely chugable and thirst quenching. Bell's Amber from Michigan is Tap42's pick to pair with a Burger."

Hot Dogs
"A dog straight off the grill would be great with Orlando's Orange Blossom Pilsner. This saison pilsner won't overwhelm your taste buds if you're loading your dog with relish, mustard, potato chips, and other toppings. The crisp clean Orange Blossom Honey from this locally brewed Pilsner will refresh your palate while eating your Dog.", advises Bowen.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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