A few brews we think you may enjoy
Magic Hat, Bob’s 1st Ale
For crisp, cool summer nights, fruity or wheat beers just don’t seem right. On the other hand, Bob’s 1st Ale presents an interesting alternative: smooth and light but complex, sweet and malty but with some citrusy undertones. As many older drinkers can remember, Magic Hat was one of the original craft breweries on the East Coast. This beer—the first one the brewery created—seems to signal a return to the inventiveness and overall quality of years past. Look for this brewer to revive other classics this year.
— Jim Miller, Director of Publications
Epic Brewing, Brainless on Peaches
Over a recent weekend, I enjoyed a new selection from a brewer I had not tried previously: Brainless on Peaches. Epic Brewing Co. out of Salt Lake City produces a fine Belgian-style ale. This beer, a spinoff of one of the company’s decorated recipes, brings a fruitier and wine-like taste to its Belgian staple. I found my bottle at State Line Liquors in Elkton, Md.
— Ryan Alexander, Contributing Designer
Two Roads, Two Juicy New England-style Double IPA
Doesn’t finish as clean as Vermont’s famed Heady Topper, but this New England-style double IPA is a must-try. Great citrus aroma with hints of grapefruit and tangerine. Its 8.2 ABV gets your attention quickly, but that’s standard for this craft category. So mow the grass before—not after—you have one.
— Jerry duPhily, Publisher
New Belgium, Citradelic Tangerine IPA
Citradelic starts out sweet, but mellows out into a well-balanced, medium body IPA. The clean, crisp taste from the citrus and tropical fruit (pineapple) marries perfectly with the outrageous blend of 10 different hops. Available in bottles and cans for easy portability, Citradelic is also available in Exotic Lime, featuring Persian limes, coriander and black pepper.
— Leeann Wallett, Contributing Writer
Dogfish Head, SeaQuench Ale
I discovered SeaQuench style of beer at Dogfish’s Analog-A-Go-Go Music Fest last year. Low ABV, strong flavor and a good, cool face-pucker give this sour gose high marks as a summer refresher. Happy it’s not so hard to find these days.
— Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer
Mispillion River, Reach Around IPA
This American IPA is available all year, but I like it best during the summer months. Mild for an IPA, this light-flavored, dry, hoppy brew is perfect for day-sipping under the sun.
— Matt Loeb, Creative Director
Austin Eastciders, Pineapple Cider
Since beer doesn’t exactly sit with my system so well, I’m going to suggest Austin Eastciders Pineapple Cider, which has slowly started making its way onto the cider scene across the country. I first fell for the Pineapple, but really like the Texas Honey too. Definitely worth trying if you’re into ciders.
— Jim Coarse, Contributing Photographer
Founders, All-Day IPA
It’s summer. It’s hot. But you still want all the hop flavor and aroma you’ve come to enjoy from an IPA, without all that alcohol content that makes you dizzy in the heat. My choice is Founder’s All-Day IPA. You’ll get great floral and citrus hop flavor, but in a session format, so you can go the distance at just 4.7 percent ABV per can. If you’re looking for a full-flavored but low-booze IPA, you just “found” one.
— Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer
Twin Lakes, Caesar Rodney Golden Ale
I had the opportunity to try this beer at Old New Castle’s Separation Day kick-off party, and I was so impressed that I drank it all night. A nice malty backbone, nice citrusy hop character, and a light color and texture kept me going back for more. Hopefully, this ends up in cans so we can take them to the beach.
— Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer
Iron Hill, Gozer
Iron Hill is our go-to spot when the kiddoes are in tow. I was glad to see that they added a gose to the menu this summer. Gozer (named after the local band) is light-bodied and slightly sour with a bit of salt and coriander on the finish. At 4.2 percent ABV, it’s a great beer for a hot summer day.
— Marie Graham, Director of Digital Media
Victory, Prima Pils
This Victory Brewing Company German pilsner, at 5.3 percent ABV, is a summer quencher full of herbal bite and hoppy delight. Balanced nicely between sweet and bitter, it’s refreshing and light. Pair it with fun foods like pizza or barbeque fare and you’re good to go.
— Krista Connor, Associate Editor
Miller Lite with a half-teaspoon of Country Time Lemonade Mix
As we inexorably march toward the heat death of the universe, summers become increasingly unforgiving. A watery, low-gravity beer like Miller Lite is perfect for making sure one doesn’t pass out in the harsh sun and wake up, hungover, in the burn ward. But how does one make it easy on the palate? Country Time Lemonade Mix. For fans of Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, or a “Rattail” (from the German radler).
— David Hazardous, Special Projects