The Art of the Shower Beer

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (17,820) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    Regardless of what you’ve heard or read in the past, there are only three things you need to know to master the art of the shower beer.

    Read the full article: The Art of the Shower Beer
    #1 BeerAdvocate, Mar 6, 2017
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  2. BJB13

    BJB13 Defender (696) Feb 18, 2017 Maryland
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    Haa! I thought I was the only one.
  3. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,313) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Well you are very new to the forums. Love shower beers, I don't know if I agree with the lagers are best statement, they are great but a hoppy beer is my go to, and I hope we see more session sours in cans because that would probably be my favorite if I could find enough of them.
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  4. BJB13

    BJB13 Defender (696) Feb 18, 2017 Maryland
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    Point taken.

    I've never put much thought into which beer, just took whichever one I felt like drinking at the time. I will pay more attention to my "shower pairings" from now on.

    I do feel like a bit of a safety outlaw though, while I will not allow anything but cans on my boat I don't think twice about taking a bottle or a pint glass (which is a bit more tricky) into the shower. I do have nice roomy built in corner shelves that keep my beer stable and safely above the water though.
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  5. glass_house

    glass_house Defender (626) Jan 10, 2014 Ohio
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    A couple points I take issue with...

    I always go with a glass. A small snifter or goblet fits perfectly into my corner rack. And I like to live dangerously.

    May sound counterintuitive, but I much prefer a stronger IPA, barleywine etc. I can see how an ice cold lager sounds more refreshing, but my showers are rarely less than 15 minutes, and extremely hot. I want something that will hold up well as it warms.
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  6. tepie

    tepie Initiate (169) Aug 26, 2015 Ohio
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    Why didn't the article mention dumping some of the beer on your head? This is a must for mastering the shower beer and is why the lager is recommended.
  7. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (9,401) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    OMG! The illustration for the article is beyond frightening!
  8. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (433) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Probably better than a photograph though :grimacing:
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  9. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (261) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    I've probably only done this a handful of times but I tend to feel that hefeweizen is the perfect style. The banana, clove and overall brightness of the style seems to almost have a purifying effect when you drink it under the hot water. That's just me though. Tried it with an IPA and it just didn't do it for me, felt odd for whatever reason. Did it with an Alaskan Summer Ale a while back and that was pretty nice.

    Shower beers are cool it's just not something that regularly occurs to me to do.
  10. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,313) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Why waste the beer? I'll do it if it's natty or something cheap, but not with a good shower beer.
  11. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,313) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    I need to try it with a hefe, I have a local brewery that'll be canning theirs shortly. I'll try it as soon as I can.
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  12. keithd718

    keithd718 Initiate (100) Mar 8, 2017 New York

    Nothing better after a round of golf is a sitting in a warm shower with a cold forty. The world just drifts away. Not good beer, but the bottle has a small opening to keep the beer safe. Maybe a growler is a better choice.
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  13. CraigTravor

    CraigTravor Defender (651) Nov 12, 2013 Maryland
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    I started a thread about shower beers years ago. I was amazed at how many people were with me on it. I love a good shower beer. Especially if I am getting ready to go out.

    My goto is a 16 oz Half Acre Daisy Cutter. I like Revolution Anti Hero as well. Something about a cold Chicago IPA and the warm shower... It just works.
  14. seth27

    seth27 Initiate (165) Mar 16, 2015 Pennsylvania
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    I started every Friday and Saturday night in college off with a shower beer. Of course it was mostly PBR and labbats in those days.
  15. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,313) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Those cheap aal are great for shower beers, I regularly use natty ice bush light or any other super cheap beer.
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  16. Acinonyx

    Acinonyx Initiate (136) Mar 8, 2017 Michigan
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    For me nothing follows a good bike ride better than a shower beer. I typically reach for something as refreshing as possible. Light and crushable is the key.
  17. Bdubbsyall

    Bdubbsyall Initiate (136) Aug 13, 2014 Illinois
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    Avery - El Gose
    Destihl - Counter Clockweisse
    Anderson Valley - Blood Orange Gose

    The list goes on.
  18. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,324) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    This where I prefer my session ipa's and GASP . . . Miller Lite
  19. NNN

    NNN Initiate (164) Feb 9, 2017 Illinois
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    Idk why but a nice cold stout works for me in the bathtub. Get yourself proper glassware for it and rest it on the ground outside the tub. This feels like 10000% TMI right now but fuck it this is weird topic soo .. IDGAF.
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  20. sliv

    sliv Initiate (180) May 15, 2001 Massachusetts

    I always found this combination of cold beer and a hot shower to be a great "hair of the dog."
  21. Myslewski

    Myslewski Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2015 California

    I'm total agreement with alucard6679 re: hefeweizen. Even better, if you're one of us who like a wedge of lemon in your hefeweizen, squeezing it into your hair when shampooing (chamomile preferred) is great for blondes — you, or your shower mate ...
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  22. brrmont

    brrmont Initiate (0) May 22, 2016 Vermont

    While it's true that there is vast variety in shower beers, it's also true that not all beer showers are created equal. I count three basic types, although this is by no means a comprehensive list.

    The first one is the hair of the dog shower, the one where you wake up and need to simultaneously sweat and wash away your hangover toxins and regain body chemistry equilibrium. You need a michelada, pronto. Outside the shower I prefer Miller Lite and bloody mary mix, maybe some green olives in there to chew on once you've finished your watery breakfast. If for safety's sake, though, you insist on a canned beverage, you're gonna want a Budweiser Chelada, a 24-ounce can of the King of Beers mixed with slightly spicy Clamato.

    The next beer shower is the pregame/party/date shower. That's the one the authors pretty much described in the article, and their selections garner no argument here. Something crispy and light and crushable. Make sure you wash your pits, too.

    The last one is essentially the bookend to the hair of the dog. A staple of late-night restaurant and bar workers, it's the shower where you get home late — we're talking 3 or 4 in the morning late — and you're way to wired to go to bed, and you probably have to get up in the morning because sleeping in is for the weak. This shower is longer in duration, and probably needs a minimum of two beers. And they ought to be pretty heady but not overwhelmingly hoppy. I'm thinking something like Rogue Dead Guy or Shed Mountain Ale. Shower until you're pruny and just buzzed enough, and sweet dreams.
  23. spelingchampeon

    spelingchampeon Defender (653) Feb 21, 2016 Delaware
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    At first glance, I found the shower beer a little over the top. However, in fairness to science, and just to prove I'm open minded, it's on my list.
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  24. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Disciple (355) Mar 21, 2015 New York

    add in = after a warm summer day working in the yard and a nice steak sitting on the counter for after you have cleaned up.....that shower beer is pure magic!!
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  25. dgmirelli

    dgmirelli Disciple (355) Mar 21, 2015 New York

    isn't that why SN started canning Nooner??
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  26. vickersspitfire

    vickersspitfire Savant (910) Dec 11, 2006 Texas

    The only three requirements are: beer, shower and relax. I am glad to hear I'm not the only one who does this, in fact I just showered this beautiful Saturday morning with a beer for breakfast while taking a shower. What better way to start a slow weekend!
    No matter what your preferences are, just enjoy it and if you have not showered with beer before, what are you waiting for? Go get your favorite beer and hop on in!
  27. rronin

    rronin Initiate (193) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    Looks like the artist (?) had way too many beers.
  28. rronin

    rronin Initiate (193) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    Especially if you knock the can off the shelf reaching for the shampoo....
  29. rronin

    rronin Initiate (193) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    Now we need a thread on bathtub beers..
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  30. tobelerone

    tobelerone Poo-Bah (2,183) Dec 1, 2010 New York
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    Love me a shower beer on occasion and appreciated the article. I would argue rule 2, though - after a long, hot, summer day a cold beer in a cold, or at least cool, shower is magic.
  31. cosmo4u

    cosmo4u Defender (635) Nov 18, 2010 New York
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    After reading this article I might start showering
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  32. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Poo-Bah (2,214) Feb 27, 2005 South Carolina
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    Icehouse is my shower beer of choice. I have deduced this after 1000's of attempts at the perfect shower beer. This is the one.
  33. chitownfanatic21

    chitownfanatic21 Aspirant (243) Sep 25, 2016 Kansas
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    I do love myself a good shower beer every once in a while, especially after some yard work. I usually tend to go with a lighter IPA or Pale Ale of some sort.
  34. DrinkAnchorSteam

    DrinkAnchorSteam Aspirant (294) Jan 23, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I was surprised to see Jason and Todd support the whole "shower beer" thing. Specifying to knock back a can of lager in the shower within a 5-10 minute timeframe doesn't seem to jive with the "Respect Beer" signoff that ends each Beer Smack.
  35. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,496) Aug 23, 1996 California

    Part of respecting beer is keeping it real and acknowledging that beer is meant to be fun.
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  36. DrinkAnchorSteam

    DrinkAnchorSteam Aspirant (294) Jan 23, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    True. I just don't see the "fun" in standing in a manner as to not get soap or water in my beer. But others seem to not have a problem with it so I guess I'm in the minority.
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  37. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,496) Aug 23, 1996 California

    No guessing. You are. :wink:
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  38. Stoutmaster9

    Stoutmaster9 Zealot (526) Dec 30, 2016 California
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    Just enjoyed a can of Firestone Walker's 805, Hot shower / Blonde ale goes well. :sunglasses:
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  39. chitownfanatic21

    chitownfanatic21 Aspirant (243) Sep 25, 2016 Kansas
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    I just enjoy a flesh and blood yesterday after lawn work, then a roughtail Pale Ale after helping build a 12 x 15 shed for a buddy today. Love myself a shower beer
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  40. LancetherealLeader

    LancetherealLeader Devotee (430) Jul 12, 2013 South Carolina
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    After cutting the grass or coming home after sweating outside all day, a Westbrook Key Lime Pie Gose (4% ABV) is a great crusher in the shower. Sweet and salty, it's a better electrolyte drink than Gatorade!