10 Refreshing Summer Beers To Sip Before the Season Changes

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!

by Corinne Caputo

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,

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,

sam adams summer ale

This thirst-quenching wheat ale balances citrus and spice for a perfect summer brew.

Sam Adams Summer Ale,

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,

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,

leinenkugels summer shandy

This summer shandy is blended with lemonade and brewed with honey. Do I need to say more?

Leinenkugels Summer Shandy,

anchor summer beer

This may be a lighter wheat beer but it will still pairs well with summer grilling staples.

Anchor Summer Beer,

narragansett summer ale

This fruity, low-alcohol beer may be the perfect summer drink.

Narragansett Summer Ale,

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,

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,