There’s nothing better on a hot summer day than a deliciously crafted beer.
Each summer, a few brewers experiment and provide flavors and styles that lean toward the lighter, brighter side of things, including hazy IPA’s, sour and wild beers, and fruit-filled brews.
This year, brewers are hard at work hoping to give craft beer lovers a unique taste while trying not to delve off into the heavier, darker end of the spectrum. One new brew out of Brooklyn Brewery is Bel Air Sour, a light-bodied sour ale with aromas and tastes of fresh-picked peaches, pink grapefruit, dark cherries, dried rose petals, and earthy characters, finishing off crisp and dry.
Another great summer pick that stems from the wild side of brewing is Prairie Artisan Ales’ Twist, a farmhouse ale. This wild ale is a light golden color with floral and citrus hop aromas with a subtle honey scent, along with hints of lemon zest and barnyard characters. Strong citrus flavors show up first, with a balanced malt sweetness and notes of sour pickle and ginger providing an astringent, dry finish.
For those who love a fresh, fruity feel to their summer brews, then New Belgium’s Strawberry Lemon Ale from the brewery’s Tartastic Fruit Series is a perfect match, with a fresh fruit aroma reminiscent of a glass of strawberry lemonade with hints of fresh-cut grass and black pepper and a slight cereal character. Fresh strawberries present at the first taste, followed by notes of lemon honey sweetness and a pale malt backbone that finishes off with a tart, dry feel.
Don’t forget about the traditional summer beers like Deschutes Brewery’s Twilight Summer Ale, which gives off crisp, citrusy hop aromas with flavors of juicy grapefruit and a malty-sweet backbone that has a light, crisp finish.
There are tons of summer brews out there for you to choose from. You’ll have no trouble finding one that will enhance your summer experience and keep you cooled down in between those burger flips.