Dogfish Head Aprihop
Best Beers For Summer
Technically a spring brew, this 7% IPA from the famously quirky Delaware brewery foregrounds the jammy flavor of apricots, making it summer-savvy, too. The fruity sweetness gets offset by a brawny hit of Amarillo hops.
Ommegang Belgian-style Pale Ale
The cloudy, citrus-twisted character of Belgian brews make them a natural companion to a June afternoon, and this one from New York delivers, with a fluffy, almost cumulus head and bright hoppy-lemony notes that sends Blue Moon to its watery grave.
Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Dubbel
A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux resulted in the line of Ovila Abbey brews. Though the deep reddish color and rich dried-fruit aroma seems wintry, the Dubbel surprises with a light, winey flavor punctuated by apples and pepper.
Hell or High Watermelon
We know: Watermelon beer. Gross, right? Not in the capable hands of this cans-only California brewery. The light, almost frothy American wheat beer meets crisp melon with none of the usual artificial sweetness. Perfect poolside.
Great Lakes Holy Moses
The local boys hit it out of the park with their summer quaff. Classic Belgian flavors like orange peel and coriander bloom under the foam of this hazy, straw-yellow ale. Relatively mild, at 5.4%, but with punchy taste, this is your post-bike ride choice.
If it ain’t broke … This perennial favorite from Bell’s is fresh, yeasty and clean, with a palate characterized by bread, oranges and lemons. The neutral profile makes it perfect for strongly flavored grilled steaks and chicken — bringing a six-pack to a barbecue will make you a lot of friends.
White Magic of the Sun
This Meadville, Pa., brewery specializes in complicated, bizarre flavor profiles that (usually) manage to pull off an almost miraculous harmony. This white ale balances powerful peppercorn spice with the bitterness of orange peel, Belgian yeast and the fragrant herbiness of juniper.
Upland Blackberry Lambic
This Bloomington brewery has been making a name for itself with its line of lambics, which forgo saccharine sweetness for the tart, plummy profile of fresh berries. You’ll spot bits of blackberries in this dark-purple brew, tempered with traces of vinegary sourness. Perfect with fruit salad on the porch.