With Labor Day in my rear-view, I’m saying good-bye to the beers of summer – the light, crisp, refreshing ales that fueled camping trips, long lazy days at the pool, and backyard barbecues over the past five months. Pumpkin and Fest Bier have been on the beer shelves since early August, but I’ve resisted. But as summer comes to an end and I make the transition to maltier, full-bodied brew, I’ll look back on The Beers of Summer. Cue the Don Henley…
Sam Adams Summer Variety 12-Pack
Best Beer: Whitewater IPA. This cross-breed of a White Ale and an IPA is full of flavor.
Saranac 12 Beers of Summer
Best Beer: Hard to say, as these beers are all classic Saranac, but I’d go with NY Local Weiss. This refresher is brewed with wheat, rye, oats and barley.
Magic Hat Cantastic Variety Pack
Best Beer: #9 is a classic, but I’m partial to hoppy brew, so my pick is Dream Machine, an India Pale Lager.
Starr Hill Brewery Summer Tour Variety Pack
Best Beer: Northern Lights is one of my go-to IPAs, but I’m hooked on citrus IPAs, so my favorite of this 12-pack was The Hook, a Grapefruit Session IPA.
Sea Dog Motley Crew Variety Selection
Best Beer: This 12-pack was like a liquid fruit salad, with blueberry, raspberry, and apricot ales. My favorite though was Sea Dog’s summer seasonal, Sunfish, a sessionable (4.6% ABV) wheat beer with hints of peach.
Harpoon Summer Vacation
Best Beer: Harpoon IPA is a classic IPA, but my favorite of this 12-pack was Camp Wannamango, an easy-drinking Pale Ale brewed with mango.
Schlafly Summer Patio Pack
Best Beer: I liked the hoppy Yakima Wheat Ale, but my favorite was the Grapefruit IPA, brewed with grapefruit puree.
Uinta Brewing Sum’r
I’ll end this post with one of my favorite Summer Ales – Sum’r, a refreshing American Blonde Ale.
I will miss The Beers of Summer and everything that comes along with them!