It’s Fourth of July weekend, and that means hot dogs, fireworks and beer. Hot dogs and fireworks you’ve probably got covered, but not all beers are made equal (especially during the precious few months of the summer). That’s okay, because we’re here to help. So queue up your summer playlist, light up the grill, get your friends and family over, and crack open one of these delicious American summer brews.
Sam Adams Rebel IPA
This West Coast-style IPA was born in Sam Adam’s 10-gallon nanobrewery. It’s brewed with five types of American hops, lending itself to crisp citrus, pine and floral flavors with far less bitterness and more drinkability than most IPAs.
- ABV: 6.5%
- Try with: Chips and dip
Cigar City Florida Cracker
Florida Cracker is a Belgian-style white ale that sports a subtly citrusy, spicy, floral taste with a dry finish. Perfect for poolside lounging.
- ABV: 5.5%
- Try with: Seasonal fruit
Buffalo Bill’s Orange Blossom Cream Ale
This cream ale’s thick off-white head is built on top of a fizzy, golden body. It’s not a sweet creamsicle flavor as the name might suggest, but rather features the taste of orange, honey and white bread.
- ABV: 5.2%
- Try with: Grilled chicken
Alaskan Brewing Company Alaskan Summer Ale
Though Alaska isn’t the first place you think of in the summer, Alaskan Summer Beer is a great go-to for everyone’s favorite season. This Kölsch-Style Ale offers a pleasant malted, wheat-y and hoppy flavor, neither of which overpowers the other. Tart, but not bitter, it’s easily drinkable, crisp and refreshing.
- ABV: 5.3%
- Try with: Alaskan King Crab, halibut
Big Sky Brewing Company Summer Honey
Sweet, tart and refreshing, Summer Honey is brewed with spices, Northwest Hops and Montana honey. It’s light in color, body and is easily drinkable for a hot day grillside.
- ABV: 4.7%
- Try with: Grilled or pulled pork
RJ Rockers Brewing Company Son of a Peach
This creamy, unfiltered American wheat ale has a dark, cloudy appearance with a tart, sugary and syrupy peach flavor punch.
- ABV: 6%
- Try with: Nutty cheeses like Swiss, vanilla ice cream
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Summertime Wheat
Summertime Wheat is a burnt orange colored German-style Hefeweizen. It offers the unique flavor profile of banana, orange, wheat, clove, light hops and spices. It has a light body, but is unfiltered for added yeast character.
- ABV: 6%
- Try with: Grilled game meats like lamb or venison, creamy cheeses like feta