5 Hot Weather Beers You’ll Want this Weekend

by: Tierney Pomone
June 9, 2017

Hot weather is approaching, and you don’t want to go into this weekend, or the rest of the summer, unprepared. Sure, stouts are awesome but a little bit much on a scorcher, as well as most brown ales, porters, and heavy lagers. What you want is a refreshing, crisp, light beer to cool you down and relax.

Hurry, grab these beers before you’re a sweaty mess.

Sweetwater Cool Breeze Cucumber Saison

Now that everyone is boycotting Wicked Weed, we’re going to need something to replace the once irreplaceable Coolcumber. Enter, perfectly timed, the new Sweetwater Cool Breeze Cucumber Saison. I grabbed a sixer of this at Wegmans about a week ago, and trust me, it didn’t last. These make for perfect shower beers, post-camping beers, and patio drinking beers. I will warn you, it is very cucumber heavy, so if that’s not a flavor you enjoy, stay away. I found it be refreshing and relaxing after spending a lot of time outdoors.

Brooklyn Summer Ale

A classic! No fruit, no additives, just a damn good regular beer. This refreshing pale ale features German hops bringing you a crisp, slightly floral, aroma and flavor that satisfies your hop cravings without being a heavy, syrupy, or aggressive IPA. Brooklyn suggests pairing it with brunch, concerts, and adventures, and I agree! It’s been years since I’ve had one of these, and I look forward to grabbing some and enjoying an at-home Spotify-fueled concert on my our deck.

Shiner Strawberry Blonde

Yes, I’m serious. I know, I know, Shiner isn’t at the top of your list, or even on it at all, but I’m telling you don’t sleep on this one! Remember back in the day when we all used to drink Pete’s Wicked Strawberry Blonde? I used to crush cases of those all summer. Well, here’s the beer to fill that void. It’s easy-drinking, light, and has just the perfect amount of strawberry to keep it from being overwhelming. I’ve alreadydrunkk way too many of these at Shady’s this year and definitely recommend that you grab some and get out in the sun!

Victory Cage Radler

As a beach cruisin fake cyclist, I’d like to pretend that my love of radlers comes from their origin, but in reality I just really love this style of beer. Victory’s Cage Radler is so good that my non-fruit beer adoring other half likes it, and that’s saying a lot! It’s an easy imbibing 3% ABV that I love to crack open after my Saturday morning Broad Street Market bike ride. And while I don’t live in the burbs and don’t mow a lawn, I would imagine that this would be perfect upon completing those ever important weekend chores.

Flying Dog Deadrise

This beer is straight up weird, and I like it. Brewed using Old Bay (yes, the seasoning), you can feel good buying this one knowing that proceeds from this beer benefit True Blue, a program that advocates on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay watermen. This beer is best when drank very cold and pairs perfectly with seafood (obvs), corn on the cob, cookouts, and lazy beach days. I think it’s perfect for those days when you can’t get to the shore but are craving a beachy day – just grab one, your sunnies, and go outside for some mental photosynthesis.

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