Cold refreshing beer

August 22, 2016

Our top seven beers as a matter of fact.

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While the calendar year may define summer as being only weeks away we all know (and deep down hope) that the seasons has more than a few weeks to go. We do acknowledge that not every part of the country experiences the same weather but we do all experience the need for tasty, cold beer that compliments the mind, palette, and food a like. Some beers could make the cut for year around and don’t hesitate to add them into the mix if they become a new favorite as we’ve had to make some new room in our own rotation for a few. Each beer shares the similarities of summer, but are different in their own right; hail from small breweries across the nation and continue to make a big splash year after year, season after season.  Without further ado we feature our favorite seven beers of the summer.

Papago Orange Blossom

Drink from Papago Brewing Co.
Drink from Papago Brewing Co.

An easy first and foremost kind of pick. This is a local favorite in Scottsdale and for a damn good reason – the hints of fruity/citrus notes in this light wheat ale don’t overpower the beer and ends with a creamy vanilla finish. Served tall with a fresh orange slice, Orange Blossom is the perfect pour of relief from the heat.

 

COMMUNITY MOSAIC IPA

Community Beer Company | Facebook
Community Beer Company | Facebook

Community Beer Company out of Dallas, TX is brewing the most drinkable IPA in the country. The Mosaic brings all the right components together with a slight bitterness off the top to appeal to those who cherish aggressively hopped pale ales, but still with enough range in the flavor profile of this beer that makes it mild enough to win over those who don’t. It’s a beer for the people and perfect for any outdoor cooking, chatting, or relaxing. Sweat with a smile on your face and a Mosaic in hand.

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Photo/Pawel Kadysz
Photo/Pawel Kadysz

One of the best beers we’ve had in a long time and it’s a year round offering from Ballast Point – the Grapefruit Sculpin is their latest take their already-perfect signature IPA. One of the things we love most about Sculpin’s unique flavor is the tart freshness of grapefruit in every sip, which perfectly complements the IPA’s citrusy hop character. While you may think of grapefruit as a winter fruit, this ale is sure to challenge that thought with its this easy-drinking taste.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest

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Sourced by The Perfectly Happy Man

While you may know the Sierra Nevada brand or have seen it at practically every bar you go, their Summeriest is a whole different breed. This Pilsener-style beer continues to be the world’s most popular style. With a nod toward the original Czech tradition, Summerfest is brewed to feature the best of Bohemian nature. Crisp, golden, dry and incredibly drinkable, Summerfest has a delicate and complex malt flavor and spicy and floral hop character—the perfect warm weather beer.

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Summer and Mexican beer go hand in hand. Speaking of which, Pacifico – the beer from South-of-the-Border that Corona which it were, is a pilsner-style lager that’s packed with refreshing taste, less pungency and doesn’t require a lime for ‘maximum drinkability.’ So whether it’s in a can or bottle, grab a handful and head to the closest body of water.

 

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ WILD Ale

Photo x Peter Anderson | Flickr
Photo x Peter Anderson | Flickr

Lagunitas is another beer that is a regular on taps across the country and rightfully so. While their standard IPA is a go to throughout the year for many people this Little Summer Wild Ale was crafted for both hops lovers and haters alike. This beer is smooth and silky while packing a strong 7.5% ABV. Enjoy this hoppy pale wheat ale and precede with caution as it’s the strongest beer on our list.

 

Shiner Prickly Pear

Shiner | Via website
Shiner | Via website

It’s from Texas. It’s brewed with the help of a fruit from a cactus. It’s 5% ABV. The image below basically speaks for itself – from description to tasting notes, Shiner’s Prickly Pear is without a doubt one of, if not the most, drinkable a summer beer.