There is no doubt about it, summer is the season of beer. We’ve done the research to find five bottles you will find yourself reaching for again and again. Thirst-quenching cream ales, lemony tart blondes, and spiced up local suds are just a few of this year’s picks. Step out of the ‘put-a-lime-in-it’ box and into the wonderful world of warm-weather craft beers!
Our Top Summer Beers:
Flying Dog Brewery Dead Rise | A Chesapeake Bay classic, Old Bay has a special place in our hearts. This spiced beer pulls double duty: steam your blue crabs in it and then drink as you enjoy the feast! Rye malts, along with citrusy hops, keep the palate balanced and refreshing. $10.99
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice | This cream ale from California practically screams sunshine. Affectionately described as cream soda for adults, it has just a hint of nostalgia in its caramel notes and clean, crisp finish. A perfect lakeside sipper. $10.49
Dogfish Head Festina Pêche| Beer aficionados flip for this unique Berliner Weissbier brewed with fresh peach juice. Rather than sweetening it, they allow the natural fruit sugars to be fermented. This results in a complex, lightly malted, and fabulously tart beer. $8.99 4-pack
Victory Summer Love | Ah, the bittersweet memories of a summer crush. This American blonde ale captures both sides by pairing vibrant malt character with potent European hops. Bring this wide-appealing beer to your next party and everyone will thank you. $9.99
Stiegl Radler | Essentially a grapefruit malted soda, this German classic is delightfully thirst quenching and happily low in alcohol. Pair with a squeeze of lemon and a shot of Campari for a fantastic ‘hoptail’ spritzer. $9.99
Don’t forget to make sure you have the right glasses to appreciate these amazing brews!