It's roof party-barbecue-beach season for another six weeks or so, which is plenty of time to get your summer on if you haven't adequately done so already. One great way to celebrate? By drinking in the season with refreshing summer beers (and beer cocktails!) that will pair perfectly with your deluxe hot dog/buttery lobster roll/grilled what have you. Here are 10 ideas to get you started. Drink up!
harpoon summer beer
Harpoon Summer is a German-inspired beer that tastes like a light lager but without the aftertaste of a lot mass market brews.
Harpoon Summer Beer, harpoonbrewery.com
brooklyn summer ale
If only this English pale ale was a staple at summer parties everywhere. Since it is not (yet) mandatory, I’ll be counting on you to take it to hang-outs this year.
Brooklyn Summer Ale, brooklynbrewery.com
sam adams summer ale
This thirst-quenching wheat ale balances citrus and spice for a perfect summer brew.
Sam Adams Summer Ale, samueladams.com
victory summer love ale
Victory Beer describes this summer ale as having the “earthy familiarity of noble European hops backed up by fresh, clean German malts.” Sounds good, no?
Victory Summer Love Ale, victorybeer.com
deschutes twilight ale
While this seasonal ale was not inspired by a certain vampire movie, that doesn’t make it any less delicious.
Deschutes Twilight Ale, deschutesbrewery.com
leinenkugels summer shandy
This summer shandy is blended with lemonade and brewed with honey. Do I need to say more?
Leinenkugels Summer Shandy, leinie.com
anchor summer beer
This may be a lighter wheat beer but it will still pairs well with summer grilling staples.
Anchor Summer Beer, anchorbrewing.com
narragansett summer ale
This fruity, low-alcohol beer may be the perfect summer drink.
Narragansett Summer Ale, narragansettbeer.com
shock top lemon shandy
The combination of citrus peels, coriander, lemonade, and a hint of sugar creates a crisp, refreshing beer.
Shock Top Lemon Shandy, shocktopbeer.com
crabbie's ginger beer
I accidentally stumbled upon Crabbie’s alcoholic ginger beer and I haven’t looked back. It comes in raspberry, strawberry, and spiced orange flavors.
Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, crabbiesgingerbeer.co.uk