Summer is an exciting season for beer-drinking. Crisp lagers to quench your thirst, Hazy IPAs to cut through the heat, and hoppy pale ales are as bright and beautiful as a summer’s day. Enjoy one of our top 8 summer-friendly beers (so far) in 2019:
1. Lagunitas Brewing Company: DayTime Session IPA (4 percent ABV)
Lagunitas sent its citrusy session IPA on a diet, reformulating the recipe to drop DayTime to just 4 percent ABV and 98 calories. Not reduced: the fizzy, nearly clear beer’s magnified aroma of mango and papaya.
2. Deschutes Brewery: Da Shootz! (4 percent ABV)
Da Shootz! is a contemporary American pilsner suited for lunchtime and anytime, thanks to its low ABV and lively aroma of citrus that’s supplied by Lemondrop hops.
3. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: Slightly Mighty (4 percent ABV)
Dogfish Head designed this beer for calorie-conscious IPA lovers with an active lifestyle. Slightly Mighty offers the aromatic excess of your favorite IPA wrapped up in a 95-calorie package packing but 3.6 grams of carbs per 12-ounce can.
4. Firestone Walker Brewing Company: Rosalie (5 percent ABV)
The biggest drawback to drinking rosé is its double-digit alcohol content. Firestone Walker fixes that by creating this wine-beer hybrid that’s fermented with a blend of six grape varieties, then finished with hibiscus for rosé’s hallmark pink hue.
5. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Sierraveza (5 percent ABV)
The legendary California brewery looked to Mexico for this easy-going, cracker-crisp lager designed for good times at the beach and trips to the taco stand. Sure, you can add a squeeze of lime, but the fine floral aroma needs no adulteration.
6. New Belgium Brewing Company: Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza (4 percent ABV)
Colorado’s New Belgium partnered with Mexican brewery Primus Cervecería to create a riff on Mexico’s agua fresca, a drink made with water and fresh fruit. Mural is made with watermelon, lime, agave and hibiscus, which provide the invigorating beer a glowing-pink tint.\
7. Harpoon Brewery: Rec League (3.8 percent ABV)
The hazy little pale ale raids the health-food store for its ingredients, including better-for-you pantry staples including buckwheat and chia seeds. Sea salt rounds out this pillow-y, tropical pale ale.
8. Southern Tier Brewing Company: Swipe Light (4 percent ABV)
Who says light beers need be lacking in flavor? Southern Tier’s brand-new release twins 110 calories (per 12-ounce serving) to low bitterness and an enticing citrus scent delivered by Citra and Mosaic, popular hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest.
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