Drizly Picks | 7 Best Summer Beers To Drink In 2017
Enjoying a cold beer on a hot summer day is one of those simple yet magical moments that make us long for warmer weather. While you can find some some easy to drink beers like Founders All Day IPA anytime of the year, other breweries make us wait to get our hands on the latest seasonal flavors. So if you're looking for a limited edition fruit brew, a crushable summertime IPA, or something else to sip on by the pool this summer, check our our top 7 picks for the Best Summer Beers.
Harpoon Camp Wannamango Through what we assume is nothing less than a form of magical brewing voo-doo, Harpoon was able to make a beer that literally tastes. like. summer. From the first sip you are instantly transported back to long summer days on the lake, followed by nights around the fire, the smell of roasting s'mores and the welcome sounds of nature. Really. Don't let the mention of mango scare you away, this is not just another fruity beer. The hoppiness of this pale ale brings out the earthy side of mango, which results in a slighty hop-bitter beer with a fresh finish. Unless you a reading this with a can of Camp Wannamango in your hand right now, stop what you are doing and order a 12 pack of this magical beer immediately. You can thank us later.
Narragansett Del's Shandy
If you spent anytime at a beach as a child you probably remember enjoying a frosty cold cup of Italian ice, typically served up with one of those splinter makers tiny flat wooden 'spoons'... ahh, memories. Well, some crazy genius over at Narragansett brewery in Rhode Island decided to mix that nostalgic summertime treat with beer and make it into a perfectly tart lemon shandy. Light and refreshing, this beer is the ultimate beach day in a can.
Brooklyn Summer Ale Know someone who lives in Brooklyn? Check their instagram, chances are they've posted a perfectly framed sun-soaked photo featuring this can with some hashtags about #SummerGoals. The branding team over at Brooklyn Brewery certainly knew what they were doing when they crafted up this color scheme. The sunny yellow against the perfect shade of summertime blue is just screaming to be the next star of your #BestWeekendEver post, and the beer inside is equally amazing. Unlike a typical American pale ale, this brew features just a hint of hop and British barley which packs a light malty flavor perfect for crushing all summer long.
Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat Belgian Wit beers are a classic pick for summer, light, slightly sweet, and easy to drink all day. Leinenkugel's decided to kick it up a notch and add just a hint of blueberry to this beer resulting in a deliciously fruity finish. Some Sunset Wheat lovers liken the unique flavor to that of Fruity Pebbles, and well who can say no to a beer version of your favorite childhood cereal? While we wouldn't recommend you drink one of these instead of breakfast, it would probably be a pretty darn delicious beer to pair with your brunch.
Founders All Day IPA
If you're looking for a summertime beer that's not a sweet wheat beer or fruity ale, look no further. All Day IPA from Founders is a session brew that will satisfy even the pickiest hop-head. As the name suggests, this beer is low on ABV (4.7% to be exact) which makes it great to sip on "All Day". All Day IPA comes in 15 packs of cans which are the perfect shatterproof way to enjoy this beer at the beach all summer long.
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA is another great summertime beer that will satisfy all your hop-fanatic friends. In addition to the standard Sculpin IPA, Ballast Point brews up Habanero, Grapefruit and Pineapple versions of this beloved hop-bitter beer. We picked the Grapefruit variety because of the way the bold hops bring out the bitter citrus notes, leaving you with a tart, sharp bite that stings your palate, just like the namesake Sculpin fish. The interesting part about the Sculpin fish, is that while it is known for its stinging spines, it is also one of the most flavorful fish to eat. That contrast of danger and deliciousness will make sense once you give this brew a try.
Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat
The Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat has a light citrus flavor and a sweet honey finish which makes it perfect for cooling down with on a hazy summer day. The clover honey is a great compliment to the fresh orange peel, giving you a refreshingly balanced sip. The beer pours up a light golden color and would be a great beer to pair with some spicy honey bbq glazed wings. Blue Moon knows how to crank out crushable crowdpleasers and this summer take does not disappoint in that department, definitely a great beer to stock up on for your next BBQ.
This boozy milkshake blends up a classic summertime treat with Baileys Original Irish Cream, Vanilla Vodka and plenty of Chocolate Ice Cream. This one-of-a-kind adult-approved drink is (almost) better than that feeling you get when you hear the Ice Cream Truck jingle...