Worthy Brewing Company’s Easy Day Kolsch
By: Benjamin Welton
As I’m sure you’ve heard, it’s summer out there. For many, ‘tis the season for BBQ and pool parties. For others, it’s the time of the year to be grateful for air conditioning. I like the former, but I’m definitely in the latter category. The same fast metabolism that keeps me relatively trim throughout the year makes me a furnace in the summer, and thus I spend three whole months as a wet mess. It’s not pleasant, and rarely are there easy days.
Fortunately, the fine folks at Bend, Oregon’s Worthy Brewing have tailor-made a light and refreshing beer for us sun sufferers. The Easy Day Kolsch is a “German style ale” that is all sorts of bright yellow goodness.
Originating in the German city of Cologne (or köln in the original Deutsch), kölsch is historically a warm-fermented and mildly hoppy beer with a low alcohol content. After doing my duty as a reporter (which I learned from watching episodes of Kolchack: The Night Stalker), I discovered that Worthy are worthy of labeling the Easy Day as a non-traditional kölsch that strays a little from the Altbier path. According to their website, this beverage is brewed with malts imported from Munich as well as Perle and Willamette hops, which add a small touch of bitterness. This beer certainly isn’t textbook, but a little change never hurt anyone, right?
First Impression: As a general rule, I only drink canned beers during the summer, so finding this orange and yellow 12 oz. can was an intentional accident. Packaged simply but filled with necessary information, the Easy Day’s can is praiseworthy in ways that many of its peers aren’t. Although the Worthy Brewing Company seems to be a medium-sized production brewery, the Easy Day’s aesthetics could trick one into believing that Worthy are an overlooked giant.
Pour: Nice and easy is the name of the game, and the Easy Day Kolsch pours smooth and round, with a big, foamy head pulling up the rear. Unfortunately, while the this beer looks great, its smell is so-so. When I shoved my schnoz into the glass, I was immediately brought back to too many college parties where quality was of no concern. I hate to say it, but this beer smells cheap.
Taste: Ah yes; here’s the good part. Frankly, even the biggest fans of kölsch will tell you that it’s a style intended more for refreshment than enjoyment. The Easy Day Kolsch certainly subscribes to this dictum, for a more forgettable beer might be hard to find. Saying that, the Easy Day is not a bad brew necessarily, but it certainly is not memorable. By the beer’s end, the Easy Day takes on a watery flavor that is rather unpleasant, so it’s in your best interest to pound this beer as quickly you can. Better yet, go run around the block and then crack open one of these beers. Maybe that’ll do the trick.