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Craft Beers You Need to Drink This Summer

Craft Beers You Need to Drink This Summer

May has arrived and you know what that means… summer is almost here! Once Memorial Day weekend hits, it’s barbecues, trips to the lake, concerts, and a whole lot more. We did some painstaking research to round up the best contenders for your summer bucket list. Some are seasonal — meaning they’re only available during the summer months — and others are just downright. Cheers!

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon

American Wheat, 4.9% ABV
San Leandro, California
Since 2000, 21st Amendment Brewery has been pumping out award-winning beers from their San Francisco brewpub, located just a few blocks from AT&T Park. These OGs knew exactly what they were doing when they created Hell or High Watermelon. This American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon, for a flavor that’s surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing—summer in a can. 

Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin

American IPA, 7% ABV
San Diego, California
With Aloha Sculpin, Ballast Point used Brux Trois yeast to turn their award-winning IPA into a tropical oasis with bright and refreshing notes of mango, pineapple, and guava. This yeast also adds a slight haze to the beer, creating a smooth mouthfeel to round out its juicy character. Simply put, this is paradise in the palm of your hands.

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Pale Ale, 5% ABV
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Brewery has been a beacon of good beer since brewing its first batch of Brooklyn Lager back in 1988. Brooklyn Summer Ale was designed to be enjoyed on long, hot summer days. 100% British 2-row barley brings its famed bready flavors, capped off with German and American hops to provide a snappy, clean bitterness and a bright, floral aroma. It's a sunny pale ale, Brooklyn style.

Ithaca Mo’ Kölsch

Kölsch, 5.8% ABV
Ithaca, New York
Ithaca Mo’ Kölsch is the perfect warm-weather beer. Ithaca uses Mosaic and Glacier hops instead of more traditional German hops. The berry and stone fruit like character of Mosaic and Glacier pairs well with the subtle fruit character of the Kölsch yeast, making them a natural pairing. The effect is a very soft and fruity, yet clean and drinkable beer with great clarity and an unmistakably refreshing finish.

Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy

Hefeweizen, 4.2% ABV
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
For close to 150 years, the Leinenkugel family has stayed true to their vision of combining German brewing traditions with the innovative spirit of Wisconsin. This traditional shandy is no exception. Each batch begins with their traditional weiss beer. Then they mix it with natural orange flavor. Enjoy all that summer has to offer with Leinenkugel’s Orange Shandy!

Saranac Tropical Storm IPA

American IPA, 5.5% ABV
Utica, New York
Our friends at F.X. Matt Brewing Company know how to brew a great IPA! Back by popular demand, Saranac Tropical Storm IPA is an unfiltered and hazy IPA with wheat, oats, and fruity notes of mango, guava, and citrus. Look out 'cause this Tropical Storm is a brewin'!

UFO Pink Lemonade Shandy

Hefeweizen, 4.4% ABV
Boston, Massachusetts
Here we have a new unfiltered offering from Harpoon Brewery. This is UFO Pink Lemonade Shandy and it’s a pink lemonade flavored Hefeweizen. It’s sunny, citrusy and fun! So, find your beach chair, grab a six-pack, add some friends and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a sensational summer day.

MacKenzie Zarzycki
MacKenzie Zarzycki

MacKenzie Zarzycki was born and raised in Schuylerville, N.Y., where the beer flows like wine. Now a Certified Cicerone®, MacKenzie is on a mission to further her beer knowledge. When she’s not contributing to, she’s nursing an unhealthy level of attachment to her dog, Kylie.

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