Beer is great in any season, but there’s something about a hot summer day and a crisp, cold brew in your hand that takes the pleasure to the next level. If you’re looking to expand your beer horizons, check out these 10 refreshing beers to try this summer season. They’re the perfect seasonal companions to barbeques, swim parties, and days at the beach.
- Two Brothers Dog Days Lager
With a light golden complexion, fresh lemongrass aroma, and crisp taste, Dog Days Lager is perfect for cooling down during the sweltering dog days of summer—and Two Brothers Brewing would know, considering they’re based in Arizona. Lagers usually fail to top the list of summer brews, but this one’s distinct caramel malt character separates it from the mainstream.
- Leinenkugel Summer Shandy
One of the most recognizable summer beers on the market, Wisconsin-based Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy expertly mixes refreshing lemonade with its traditional wheat beer to establish a deliciously balanced flavor.
- Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale
Although California brewery Lagunitas introduced this fragrant, golden brew as a seasonal offering in 2010, it became such a fan favorite that it’s now offered yearround. The ale’s hoppy tartness is enhanced with refreshing hints of grapefruit and lime—a perfect pairing for all summer foods, from hot dogs to fish tacos.
- Kona Wailua Wheat
Even if you can’t make it to a sunny Hawaiian beach this summer, you can close your eyes and pretend with Hawaii-based Kona’s Wailua Wheat in hand. Featuring an aromatic floral bouquet and hints of the tropical passion fruit that’s brewed into every batch, this beer is crisp and flavorful without being overwhelming.
- Flat12 Bierwerks Cucumber Kölsch
Hear us out—cucumber and beer might seem like an unnatural combination, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Indiana-based Flat12 Bierwerks’ Cucumber Kölsch. The beer features a smooth light body with delicate grassy aroma and a hint of cucumber at the finish, offering a taste that’s refreshing and cool as, well, a cucumber.
- Victory Brewing Summer Love
With a refreshing aroma of lemon zest and grapefruit, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing serves up a tart yet malty brew worthy of your summer love. The flavor is slightly sweet with earthy tones, and medium carbonation keeps the beer active until it concludes with a tangy citrus tone.
- Dogfish Head Festina Peche
If the idea of lemonade, passion fruit, or cucumber in your beer doesn’t deter you, try Delaware-based Dogfish Head’s take on the Berliner Weisse with a peach twist. Instead of coming off sugary and heavy for a summer brew, Festina Peche delivers a fruity yet sour finish with a distinct taste that you won’t find anywhere else.
- 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat
This Independence Day, celebrate this San Francisco brewery’s namesake (the 21st Amendment to the Constitution ended Prohibition) with another fruit based brew, featuring a subtle watermelon flavor with a soft finish—as perfect as actual watermelon to accompany a barbecue.
- Goose Island Summertime
Chicago-based Goose Island Brewery knows that summertime means a clean, tart, crisp brew. Their summertime seasonal offering features musky sweet grains and grassy and fruity notes throughout, while the hops add a light bitterness to quench your summertime thirst.
- Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale
Whether you’re chilling by the pool or warming up by the campfire, this unique cream ale works for all summer activities. The sweet honey, vanilla, and orange flavors are reminiscent of an old-fashioned Creamsicle, but the moderate carbonation keeps it from weighing you down.
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Posted by Kevin Kelly
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