Beer Guide: Favorite Beers for Summer

An ice-cold beer is just about the most perfect accompaniment to a grilled hamburger and a side of coleslaw that we can think of! Here are a few of the beers we'll be bringing to our picnics and barbecues this summer. What about you?

Sam Adams Summer Ale: This wheat ale is brewed with lemon zest and grains of paradise (an African pepper). It's tart and citrusy with a malty sweetness on the finish. The Boston Beer Company only offers this ale during the summer months, so get it while it lasts!

Blue Moon Belgian White: Another wheat ale! This one is brewed with coriander and the peels from valencia and navel oranges, making it taste like a grown-up glass of orange juice. It's very smooth and effervescent. The fact that it's unfiltered also gives the beer an interesting, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Dale's Pale Ale: From the Oskar Blues brewing company in Colorado, this pale ale is very hoppy at fist sip but then mellows out into a smooth maltiness. It's crisp, bracing, and ideal for those sultry summer afternoons when even walking across the backyard feels like too much.

What beers are you drinking right now?

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