The Best Snacks & Beer to Pack for the Pool – Allagash Brewing Company

My fondest memories of summer include trips to the beach with my family. Dad would get up early in the morning to pack the trunk of my mom’s sedan with all our things—suitcases, beach floats, and a cooler brimming with drinks, snacks, and sandwiches.

After my dad finished playing Tetris with the trunk, all five of us would pile into the car and make our way down to Florida. Once we made it to the beach, the only place I wanted to be was in the ocean floating on the waves, dipping my head underwater, searching for seashells with my toes, and gazing into the horizon. 

Every summer, I try to relive the magic of those days spent on the beach—even if I end up sitting in a kiddie pool in my backyard. While I didn’t fully appreciate snacks as a kid, they have become an essential part of my pool/beach experience along with the newer addition of a refreshing six pack. 

I can’t think of a better beach or pool companion than Floating Holiday. The name alone evokes thoughts of relaxation. To make this Blonde Ale ultra refreshing, Allagash brewed it with lemon peel and a pinch of sea salt. Blonde Ales work best with flavors that won’t overwhelm the nuanced notes in the beer. So, with that in mind, I came up with the following options for your Floating Holiday snack tray.