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10 Craft Beers to Kick Off Your Summer

Jun 20, 2014

Summer officially begins this weekend, meaning it’s time to relax and kick off the season with a nice, cold beer. But don’t get weighed down by a heavy brewsky; you need some lighter options to stay buzzed all summer.

We enlisted some help from the bar finding website Taphunter to round up a list of beers you can stock your fridge with all summer. Cheers!

Avery Brewing Co.

White Rascal, Avery Brewing

If you need to cool off after a long day in the sun, this is your beer. It’s light, sweet and can be found at just about any bar.

Karl Strauss

Windansea, Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Perfect for poolside sipping, this Hefeweizen will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation. Even non-beer drinkers will appreciate the banana and vanilla undertones, giving it a sweet finish.

Sixpoint Brewery

RAD, Sixpoint Brewery

A combination of fruit juice and ale, this lower-alcohol beer is great for the lightweights in your crew. It’s almost like a beer cocktail, so feel free to put a little umbrella in your glass.

Southern Star Brewing

Bombshell Blonde, Southern Star Brewing

The Lone Star State’s sticky weather served as a good excuse to concoct this light, smooth beer. Enjoy on a hot summer day with your cowboy boots on.

Victory Brewing Company

Summer Love, Victory Brewing Company

When you’re barbequing on the roof, this lemony beer will keep you cool as you’re getting ready to enjoy a summer night. The tangy finish makes it a great addition to almost any meal.

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing

Blonde Ale, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing

Don’t be fooled by the light color--this blonde ale packs a punch. The makers used their grandfather’s pre-Prohibition recipe to make it into a modern day, light drinking option.

Big Sky Brewing Company

Summer Honey Ale, Big Sky Brewing Company

You can taste the difference of the clear, crisp Montana water in the Summer Honey Ale’s seasonal suds. It’s got some spices to kick up the flavor — but not too many, keeping it very drinkable.

Dogfish Head

Festina Peche, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Hailed by critics as one of the best additions to the summer season, this tart beer was made for the beer geeks. It’s a little sour, but fruity, and would probably taste great with ice cream.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

Honey Kolsch, Rogue Ales

The honey in this beer will have you buzzing for more. Made with honey from the brewery’s local farm, it’s got a special taste you won’t find in standard fizzy yellow beers.

Kona Brewing Company

Big Wave Golden Ale, Kona Brewing Company

Take a sip of this Hawaiian-brewed beer for a taste of the islands. All you need to complete the pint is a surfboard and some major waves.

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