Sometimes you have to make do with what you have. Or, more famously, in the words of the Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.”
I find myself repeating this mantra over and over again during the warm summer months. Every time I wish I wasn’t dripping with sweat, my hair wasn’t a big ball of frizz from the humidity and my brain didn’t feel like a Corvina grape drying on a straw mat, I think that while this might not be the most ideal situation, I can certainly live with it.
Thankfully, there is definitely a silver lining: the release of summer seasonal beers.
Summer brews are the perfect remedies to hot, sunny days, instantly quenching your thirst, refreshing your palate and offering respite from your sweat-laden brow.
Although summer seasonals aren’t always made in a specific style, certain offerings are most common: wheat beers, fruit beers and pale ales, among others. The newest trend is the idea of sessionable IPAs, which combine low alcohol and brisk carbonation with vibrant, fruity hop aromas and flavors. The key to these selections is to avoid wandering into the dank, resiny hop territory that many associate with American IPAs, and keep things light and refreshing—think lawnmower beers with actual flavor and character.
Frequently light in color, vibrant on the palate and immensely refreshing, they are just the thing to have on hand to unwind after a long, hot day. The newest releases of this accessible style are definitely worth checking out.
We also include a couple of other classic summertime releases, because you can never have too much beer on hand for impromptu warm-weather entertaining! So here’s to summer, all of its beautiful beer bounty and taking the time to enjoy a nice cold one.
Dogfish Head Black & Blue (Fruit Beer; Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Inc., DE); $13/750 ml, 92 points.
Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA (American IPA; Firestone Walker Brewing Company, CA); $11/12 oz 6 pack, 91 points.
21st Amendment Down to Earth Session IPA (American IPA; 21st Amendment Brewery, CA); $11/12 oz 6 pack, 90 points.
Samuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA (American IPA; The Boston Beer Company, MA); $9/12 oz 6 pack, 89 points.
Full Sail Session IPA (American IPA; Full Sail Brewing Co., OR); $12/11 oz 12 pack, 87 points.
Smuttynose Hayseed (Saison/Farmhouse Ale; Smuttynose Brewing Company, NH); $9/12 oz 6 pack, 89 points.