More than once I have made a 'novelty' purchase of some beer with a trout on the label, thinking it'll be the perfect addition to a weekend fishing trip. The bottles are great conversation pieces but, more often than not, the beer inside ranges from forgettable to (nearly) undrinkable. However, Mad River Brewing Company's Steelhead Extra Pale Ale was not only the perfect beer to bring along on my first steelheading trip, it happens to be a product I have tried before and like quite a bit. Here is what Mad River has to say about it:
A bright golden hued ale with a medium body and a crisp spicy/floral hop character and very mild bitterness. This unfiltered ale has a pleasing mouth feel and remains our most popular brew. This beer goes with everything and every occasion.
Okay I have no idea what any of that means, but I do agree with the last part. And I know for a fact it goes well with cold rivers, good friends, cheapish cigars and, of course, angry steelhead.
Honorable mention goes to a fine beer I sampled many, many times during my brief time fishing the mighty Missouri River around Cascades, Montana. Bayern Brewing Company calls their Trout Slayer Ale a "specially brewed top- yet cold-fermented wheat beer with a very distinct wheat flavor and a golden color." Uh, okay. I guess that's right. All I can say about this one is, it goes great with bison burgers and the Big Sky.
But then again, what doesn't?