Well, here we are in the midst of a Summer heat wave in the Northeast which has me thinking about my summer beer selections so far. I’m curious to know if yours are similar.
Personally, while I don’t enjoy the heat of Summer, I do enjoy the seasonal beers available for the summer. This year, I took a liking to the Sam Adams Summer Ale – a beer I’ve bought more than once for myself to enjoy!
I’ve also had a bunch of other “Summer beers”. Some recent examples I’ve tried would be the oddly-named Cricket Hill ‘Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale‘, (Belgian Ale) and the Rock Art Brewery Sunny and 75 (Belgian White). Wheat beers seem to work for summer, being relatively lighter and with some spices in the mix for a little more pop in the flavor, they can do the trick on a hot day.
We’ve also suggested that some lagers might make an excellent ‘lawnmower beer’. Light and crisp, beers like Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager or even something like Poland’s Lomza lager seem to work as well.
Then, there’s always the crisp and hoppy beers like a good ‘ol American Pale Ale! Recent examples of this style of beer that we’ve tried here are the canned Dales Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale, Mt. Tam Pale Ale, and the classically tasty Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Not specifically Summer Ales, but I think they work all the same.
Of course, there’s also the Saison, or Farmhouse Ales of which I’ve only tried a few, but I can see why it might be a new favorite beer style for summer. A bit higher ABV, but interestingly tart and slightly sour flavors make it a refreshing contender for favorite summer beer.
Four different beer styles – Lager, American Pale Ale, Saison and Wheat. Seasonal or not, these beers seem so make for good summertime beer enjoyment!
So, we ask you! What’s your preferred beer this summer? Is it a particular beer style you enjoy or is it something seasonal that’s only brewed for the summer months? Let us know because we’d like to find out what we’re missing before summer is over!