Summer Beer Tasting (New England Beer Vacation Part 2)

As I searched the shelves and coolers at Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA, I had one thing in mind:  Summer Beer.

What is summer beer?  It’s not a formal style – a summer beer could be a Kölsch, Lager, or Wheat, among other styles.  Summer beers do have common traits:  crisp, refreshing, golden, light-bodied, thirst-quenching, clean-finishing, and highly drinkable.

A six pack of summer brews

A six pack of summer brews

I looked for as many regionally brewed summer seasonals as I could find.
My summer beer tasting on July 26 included (pictured from left to right):

  • Geary’s Summer Ale, a German Kölsch from D.L. Geary Brewing Company, Portland, ME
  • Hop Sun Summer Wheat Beer, Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY
  • Über Sun, an Imperial Summer Wheat Ale from Southern Tier (8%)
  • Summer of Lager, Cisco Brewers, Nantucket, MA
  • Summer Ale, an American Wheat Beer from Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, ME
  • Summer Ale, an American Wheat Beer from Wachusett Brewing Company, Westminster, MA

It would be hard to pick a favorite from the beer tasting, but I really enjoyed the Hop Sun and his bigger brother, Über Sun.

I picked up a lot of other great beer from Colonial Spirits that I enjoyed throughout the vacation:

  • Blueberry Wheat, Sea Dog Brewing Company, Portland, ME (Beth’s personal favorite)
  • UFO White, Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA
  • Raspberry Wheat, Opa Opa Brewing Company, Southampton, MA (in a growler)

In addition, I bought a Summer Survival 12-Pack from one of my favorite New England regional breweries, Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewater, VT.  The 12-Pack included:

  • Long Trail Ale
  • IPA
  • Belgian White
  • Blackberry Wheat

Finally, I’ll note some great beers I enjoyed on draft while out at restaurants during my vacation:

  • Long Trail Double IPA, an excellent, hoppy brew  (8.6%)
  • Big Bohemian Pilsner, from the Harpoon Leviathan Series (9%)
  • Summer Wheat, Buzzards Bay Brewing Company, Westport, MA
  • Fisherman’s Brew, an amber lager from Cape Ann Brewing Company, Gloucester, MA

My favorite part of traveling is drinking the local beer!

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