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On Tap: Your Friday Drinking Instructions Returns to the 3 Floyds Brewery for More

After a couple of weeks of trying just about every beer within arms reach, YFDI should really dry out a little. But we won't. We love beer too much. Sure it's a destructive relationship, but so is Michigan football. Somehow I think I'll be able to push on through.

Since it's finally getting warm out, it's time to start talking about beers that go down easy but still carry a little bit of heft in the alcohol department. The Fourth of July has passed us, so the light sippin' days are starting to slip away as Summer starts to kick into high gear. And with summer, you need a beer with a clean finish, so that's why we're going with

Your Friday Drinking Instructions: The Three Floyds Brewery Alpha King American Pale Ale

As a general rule, I despise Pale Ales, but this is a totally different kind of beer. Not only is it delicious, but it doesn't have the usual bitter aftertaste of a Pale Ale. Actually, it's the cleanest aftertaste of any beer I've ever had. It's got a lot of upfront flavor and you can truly taste the hops and malt, but it goes down so smooth you're reaching for another one before your realize it's carrying a bruising 6.0% ABV.

You're looking at between $9 and $10 a sixer, but if you're at a 7-Eleven you'll pay $8 for a six pack of swill, so why not cough up the extra $2 for something that tastes great? This is easily one of my favorite American beers and as 3 Floyds is located in the Heart of Big Ten country, it's easily accessible. If you drink one beer this weekend, please, make it this one.

So go forth, my minions, and imbibe. As always, report back when you've had your fill.