Wicked Local: The Beer Nut: Summer Brews That Satisfy

Wicked Local:

Summer is just a few weeks from officially being here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the switch to lighter, refreshing beers.

Cold weather is perfect for heavy stouts and barleywines, but when it is warm or hot out, you want something a little different.

Here are a list of the top 10 beers I think you should make sure to drink this summer. Not all of them are summer seasonals, but they are all great summer beers.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

This is the standard by which all German-style hefeweizens should be judged. This unfiltered German wheat beer is nearly perfect. It is light and refreshing, full of flavor, and relatively easy to find in stores. It has 5.4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), and is a perfect beer to enjoy day or night. From now until September, you’d be hard-pressed not to find at least one of these in my fridge. If you can’t find this, try this: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse.

Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Lager from the Brooklyn Brewery is a personal favorite. I often grab some of this throughout the year at local liquor stores, but during the summer this refreshing pre-Prohibition-style lager (meaning all barley malt, no adjuncts), is a staple of mine. If you’re a fan of the recent craft can revolution, this is available in both cans and bottles. If you can’t find this, try this: Cape Ann Fisherman’s Brew.

Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Festina Peche is one of the most refreshing beers you will ever find. Brewed by Dogfish Head, it is a twist on the Berliner weisse, a tart German-style wheat beer. This one has the tartness, but it is also brewed with fresh peaches. That makes for a wonderful drink. And it is light at 4.5 percent ABV. If you can’t find this, try this: Dieu Du Ciel’s Solstice D’été Aux Framboises.


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