Best Summertime Beers

by Laura Aussenberg

It's summertime, and the livin' is easy. Whether you opt for some fun in the sun on the beach or choose to fire up the grill and flip burgers with your buds, it's safe to say that it's the perfect time of year for beer. And what better way to quench your thirst than with a brew strictly reserved for this sun-soaked season? Here's a list of the top five summer sippers you're definitely going to want to gulp:

1. Samuel Adams Summer Ale
It's only fitting that you celebrate the 4th of July with a beer that's just as patriotic, and Samuel Adams Summer Ale is just that. This all-American wheat beer uses malted wheat, lemon peel, and Grains of Paradise, a rare African pepper to create a crisp, spicy lager equipped with tropical undertones.

2. St. Arnold Summer Pils
Everything's bigger in Texas, including St. Arnold's Summer Pils, a light beer from the Lone Star State that packs big flavor. If you weren't already sold on the nifty, tie-dye bottle then the sweet malt taste combined with an abundant hop aroma will be sure to win you over.

3. Anchor Summer Beer
If you thought Rice-A-Roni was the only San Francisco treat, you probably haven't tried Anchor Steam's Anchor Summer Beer. This refreshingly light malt beer blends both citrus and floral flavors that complement its rich wheat backbone.

4. Brooklyn Summer Ale
The last thing you want this bikini season is a bulging beer belly, and Brooklyn Summer Ale is a perfect light, flavorful beer that won't weigh you down. This golden beer combines a citrus/floral aroma with a fresh bready flavor.

5. Dogfish Head Festina Peche
While you're ling on the beach, crack open a bottle of peach! Peach enhanced beer that is. Dogfish Head Festina Peche is a brew that's very easy to sip on during the sweaty months. The natural peach juice provides a great tropical twist to your traditional beer.

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