We here at Crazy Kegs love to try beer all year long. Most seasons bring a beer theme and summer is no exception. With longer, hotter days, a refreshing summer beer is much needed. This doesn’t mean you have to drink a watered down version of your favorite beer this time of year. What many breweries are putting out are solid, full flavored beer. If you’re going to be out in the sun all day, you probably don’t want to drink a heavy 48 hop variety quadruple IPA with a 14% ABV. Well you might, we don’t judge.
Check out our top picks for summer sipping!
My first Carton (and first Untappd check in) is one of my favorite “every day” beers; Boat, which is a Session Ale coming in at 4.2% ABV and 35 IBU. Boat is made with Kolsch yeast and German malt and 8 kinds of hops that take you on a roller coaster ride of aroma and flavor. I find some session beers to be boring and this is not the case here. You are gently smacked in the face with the scent of grapefruit and hops which are definitely apparent in the taste as well. You also get some other fruity notes and a bit of pine. This beer is meant to sipped all day and you can do that because the flavors change enough to make it interesting and the flavors don’t fade away when the beer warms. This is the perfect beer for a warm summer day and as the name might imply, on a boat floating in the bay. You can drink it all day and you should. It comes in cans, so pack some in your cooler and get out there in the sunshine.
Regional (PA): Yuengling Summer Wheat
I’m pretty sure if you pay any attention to me whatsoever, you know that I dig Yuengling and I don’t think they get the respect they deserve at all. Yuengling is my “trapped on a barren island forced to drink one beer for the rest of your life” beer. Yuengling Summer Wheat is a nice German Weizen style beer, brewed with wheat and barley malts, and Hallertau hops . It’s nice and light for summer, but still has a full flavor profile. It malty and banana-ey (I know, that’s not a word, I don’t care) and while a creamier beer, it has a nice crisp finish. With a 4.6% ABV, you can drink a couple of these and not feel crazy buzzed.
Wildcard (RI): Narraganset Del’s Shandy
From the Clam Shack Variety Pack, this 4.7% ABV beer is perfect for hot days. I am not a crazy fan of the shandy style, but sometimes you just need something different and refreshing. Del’s Lemonade has been a Rhode Island summer staple for decades. Add that sweet lemonade to one of the most popular domestic Lagers and you get a tasty beverage. Unlike many other craft beers, you want to drink this one ice cold and you will be so refreshed you might even be able to tolerate 10 more minutes on the Wildwood Boardwalk…maybe.
@TheStraightHops‘ Favorite Summer Brews!
Since we’re midway through Summer, and the pumpkin beers (don’t get me started on those) will be hitting shelves soon. we figured it was the perfect time to roll out our Summer Beer picks!
I’ll be listing mine a tad different than @jennifercassada, just because I feel like it…
#1- Stone Brewing (CA) ‘Go To IPA’
This beer is my top choice for summer consumption. It’s just really, really good. Not only is ‘Go To IPA’ a session beer, 4.5%, it has the flavor of a much stronger IPA without knocking you on your ass after a few. I went with this brew for my top pick as Stone is pretty widely distributed, so chances are you’ll be able to grab it somewhere, and that’s fairly important.
So sit back, and borrowing a line from Kid Rock, enjoy this one “All Summer Long”.
Then, after Summer is over, enjoy it some more. I know I will.
#2- Einstok ‘Icelandic White Ale’
Word on the street is you’re looking for a yummy summer brew. Look no further.
This Wit from Einstok is fantastic. It’s nice and light, goes down easy, and is super tasty.
‘Icelandic White Ale’ clocks in at 5.2%, but it won’t bog you down on a hot day, and that’s pretty much what we’re going for, right?
This beer received the “almost” unattainable 5 out of 5 Keg Rating on some super awesome beer review site I’ve heard of…
#3- Yuengling (PA) ‘Traditional Lager’
This one is pretty much an East Coast “thing”. Yuengling’s been around for a LONG time, America’s oldest brewery and whatnot, so I’m sure you’ve heard of them even if you haven’t had any of their brews.
When I walk into a liquor store and don’t see anything new or different I want to try, I grab Yuengling ‘Traditional Lager’. Everyone has a “go to” beer, and this is mine.
At only 4.4%, this brew was a session beer before session beers were cool.
Grab a case and hit whatever event you’re invited to, or just stay home and enjoy, it’s all good.
Plus, the price on this beer won’t kill your wallet, which makes you a winner every time.