Summer is a thirsty season. And what better way to unwind after a long, hot day than with an ice-cold beer? From wheat and fruity beers to summer ales and brisk lagers, here are the top seven brews to try this summer.
Big Sky Moose Drool
Pair it with: a book in the shade
Haven’t you always wanted to cozy up in a hammock with your favorite book as the sun inches across the sky? Well, with a nice roasted malt taste – perfect for sipping – Moose Drool is the perfect companion.
New Belgium Skinny Dip
Pair it with: a float in the pool
Full-bodied and frisky, this summer lager is packed with a fruity punch. A fine choice for sitting back and relaxing all-cool while poolside with a bunch of your friends.
Pair it with: Tossing the football around out back
Here’s a complex, yet subtle top performer that has all the crispness of your favorite American lager without the intense taste of grain or adjuncts. Enjoy the mild sweetness and malt finish with each swig.
New Glarus Spotted Cow
Pair it with: Campfire burgers, fishing, hiking
It’s summertime and the drinkin’ is easy with this fun, fruity and satisfying cream ale. Whether you’re washing down a juicy burger or snagging lines on the lake, here’s a brew that makes every gulp worth it.
Pair it with: post-sporting activity cool-down
This light body, crisp beer is brewed with wheat, cloves and herbal hops that makes for a refreshing drink to savor after (or during) those intramural softball games this summer.
Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy
Pair it with: Just about anything
An ideal blend of traditional wheat beer with refreshing lemonade, Summer Shandy is the ultimate summer drink. From happy hour on the patio to a backyard barbeque or a mid-day boat ride, here is your all-purpose beer for summer.
Pair it with: sitting in the AC procrastinating before a project
You know those days where you have a pile of work that needs to be done and no desire to do it? Well here’s an IPA that gives you a nice dose of big, round hop flavors without inducing sleep, so you can still get stuff done – after you enjoy your beer.
Got any brews to add to this list? Let us know your favorite pairing for summer in the comments.