Summer 2017’s Most Drinkable Beers

If any beverage was tailor-made for the summer time, it would definitely be beer. Crisp and refreshing, beer is an effortless and affordable way to cool down after a hot summer day. From your classic citrusy wheat beers to hoppy IPAs to summer lagers, the possibilities are endless, so why not venture away from your typical six pack and try something new? We know, we know, there’s a lot to choose from, but you don’t have to drink them all right away. Consider this your summer beer bucket list.

Called “the world’s most thirst-slaying beer” by Men’s Health, SeaQuench Ale is quickly becoming the ultimate warm-weather companion. Made with lime peel, black lime, and sea salt, this crisp, low-cal brew is perfect for all of your summer endeavors.

This golden Bavarian Weissbier is fruity and phenolic. It has notes of clove, nutmeg, and vanilla, and is, in fact, delicious.

Not only is the name clever and nostalgia inducing, but Harpoon’s latest summer release greets you with subtle aromas of mango and passionfruit. It’s a tropical getaway in a can.

  • Red Stripe
    • Hails from: Jamaica
    • Style: Lager
    • ABV: 4.7%

Fondly referred to as “Jamaican pride in a bottle,” this beautiful amber lager has a butterscotch flavor that leaves you with a smooth post palate sensation.

It’s no secret that Summer Shandy is a summertime favorite. This traditional weiss beer has a refreshing lemonade flavor that makes it perfect for any picnic, beach day, or barbecue that comes your way.

Jammer is a tart brew, with a balance of fruity coriander and just a pinch of sea salt. No wave is too gnarly when you’ve got one of these babies in your hand. Let ‘er rip!

Fun fact about this Burial Beer Co. brew: on the day of the release, 100% of the proceeds of this beer in Georgia, New York, Louisiana and North Carolina went to the LEAF Feather Fund to keep the Mardi Gras Indians dancing. So by drinking this, you’re actually doing charity work. You’re welcome.

If you like hoppy beers, Bone-A-Fide is for you. The hop flowers are powerful, so you’ll want to pair this with a food equally as bold, like barbecued pork or baby-back ribs.

Deep crimson in color, this tangy blood orange blend puts a twist on a traditional blonde ale. In the brewhouse, California orange peels are added to the brewkettle giving the ale it’s citrusy aroma.

Don’t let the name scare you away — the ‘flesh’ and ‘blood’ are in reference to lemon flesh and blood orange juice used in the ale. This beer has both an explosive fruitiness and subtle tartness to it that allow IPA lovers to enjoy it year round.

Brewed with real watermelon, this American wheat beer is surprisingly crisp and dry. It’s all the flavor of a fresh watermelon, except you don’t have to worry about seeds.

Shock Top brews this Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon and lime peels. It’s citrusy but not overpowering, so you can drink many of these without getting tired of the taste.

This nutty wheat ale combines with the fresh, fruity aromatics contributed by Maine wild blueberries.

To create this brew, Adirondack adds tangerine peels to this unfiltered Belgian wheat. On a warm day or a balmy summer night, you can crack open this sessionable ale and enjoy the tangerine sensation.

To celebrate the 21st return of Samuel Adams Summer Ale, this year’s brews come in limited edition packaging. This hazy, American wheat ale is (almost) as satisfying as a dip in the pool in 90° weather.

This Honey Wheat brew is as golden as the sun and has a white, creamy head. Blue Moon is already delicious, so Honey Wheat Blue Moon can only be more of a good thing. It has a light biscuity malt undertone and a sweet honey finish.

If beer isn’t your thing, the BEST DAMN Brewing Co. has got your back. They make four different “brews”: root beer, cream soda, sweet tea, and apple ale. They describe their root beer as “throwing back a throwback,” and you’ll be hooked after your first sip.


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