Summer Beer Guide

As the temperature rises, beer lovers trade in their hearty porters and stouts for fruit-flavored pilsners and wheat ales.† Fireplaces, wool sweaters, boots and football are replaced by beaches, t-shirts, flip flops and baseball.† Just like the season, summer beers are light, crisp, flavorful and laid back.

The great part of drinking any seasonal beer is that you know it hasnít been sitting around for very long, and freshness is key with lighter summer beer.† Whether youíre firing up the grill, mowing the lawn, or enjoying fine dining on the waterfront, keep an ice-filled bucket of these summer brews within reach.

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale Flying Fish Brewing Company, Cherry Hill, NJ
From the brewer: A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium, Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat.† Enjoy it with spicy foods, fish, salads and anything you can put on the grill, or use it as a marinade.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA
From the brewer: This refreshing, pilsner-style lager boasts an incredible smoothness that comes from an extra-long lagering period. Lighter in body than Sierra Nevada ales but just as complex in character, Summerfest is a crisp lager that quenches your thirst with big aroma and a tangy hop bite.† Itís the perfect accompaniment to Greek flatbread with hummus spread, topped with Greek salad.

Leinenkugelís Summer Shandy Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Chippewa Falls, WI
From the brewer: This summer brew is Leinenkugel's take on a traditional German radler. Crisp, refreshing and brewed with natural lemonade flavor, it's perfect for the sun-splashed summer months. †The refreshing lemonade flavor of Summer Shandy goes great with backyard dishes like barbecue chicken, hot dogs, brats and Italian sausages, as well as white cheddar.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston, MA
From the brewer: This American wheat ale uses malted wheat, lemon peel and Grains of Paradise, a rare pepper from Africa, to create a crisp taste, spicy flavor and medium body. The ale fermentation imparts a background tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. †All of these flavors come together to create a thirst quenching, clean finishing beer. The sweet, rich and buttery taste of lobster works perfectly with Summer Aleís bright citrus and crisp wheat flavors.

River Horse Summer Blonde River Horse Brewing Company, Lambertville, NJ
From the brewer: The big hippo is back, and this time sheís wearing a yellow polka dot bikini.† Summer Blonde is a light and refreshing, easy drinking brew with hints of citrus and honey. At only 4.5% abv, this blonde beauty is perfect for a long day in the sun, whether that be at the shore, at a tailgate or at home while getting all those outdoor chores done.