Season's Drinking: 10 Great Beers for Summer
At long last, here comes sweet, sweet summertime. To you, that might mean grilling out, lying on a beach, or just sitting on your fire escape listening to the Mr. Softee truck. But whatever you decide do, be sure to grab a cold one this outdoor drinking season. Here are 10 great beers for summer.
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Tröegs Sunshine Pils (4.5 percent alcohol by volume)
Pilsner is typically a solid warm-weather choice, and this delight from Tröegs is no exception. With high carbonation and a quiet hop kick, this pils refreshes thanks to a pleasing acidic bite of citrus flavors and grassiness counteracting the base of bready malt. It finishes on a dry note that leaves you wanting more -- which, happily, won't be a problem, thanks to this beer's low ABV.
Left Hand Brewing Co. Good Juju (4.5 percent alcohol by volume)
Another sessionable choice, this ale is brewed with organic ginger to create a spicy, not sweet, refreshment. Light bodied with tight carbonation, Good Juju rests on a solid malt base with crisp grassy flavors and a lingering bite of ginger on the dry finish. If you're looking for a pick-me-up on a hot day, this would perk your palate back to life.
Shipyard Summer Ale (4.8 percent alcohol by volume)
True to its Maine roots, this beer smells and tastes like summer by the sea. Malty bread and yeast mingle with crisp hops, fading to a lingering sweetness on the finish with a touch of lemon. Pair it with a lobster roll or some fresh clams, or take it on your next fishing trip.