Hey there, welcome to your 30’s. You have a kid, maybe two or three, a house now, and your coffee table is littered with action figures and Lego blocks, not pizza boxes and swimsuit issues. You work hard and play hard and by play hard we mean you rock those tea parties with your daughter every Saturday afternoon. So this summer when you are sitting out under the beating sun don’t you deserve a beer a little more drinkable than a Bud…uh, we mean America? Here are Eight Must Drink Beers for Summer to hold you over until those Oktoberfest releases at the start of football season.
The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose – Made by Anderson Valley Brewing Company
You’ve been working in the yard all afternoon and the sweat is dripping from your brow when you pour The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose into a cold glass. Simply heaven on earth. This Gose features “woody undertone”, lemon zest and hints of tropical fruits. “Flavors of guava and peach are followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness that is enhanced by coriander and post-fermentation additions of salt.”
Allagash White – Made by Allagash Brewing Company
While this wheat is available all year around, in our opinion it’s best enjoyed on your stoop or deck at the end of a long Summer afternoon of chasing the kids around. Don’t let its cloudy appearance dampen your mood. Notes of coriander and orange peel will brighten your day. Protip from Relevant Dad’s Beer Advisor Kevin from Western Mass, “Buy a Lindemans Raspberry Framboise and pour into ice cube trays to freeze. Drop cubes into Allagash White. /mic drop”
All Day IPA – Made by Founders Brewing Company
“The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.” While we agree with Founders that this IPA is great to celebrate life’s simple pleasures we think that it can also be enjoyed after a less-than-honest day’s work. Hey, boss, we get summer hours, right? Can’t blame us if we take a two-hour lunch or cut out at 3:45 for the tee ball game! Enjoy it no matter how you make that money.
Stone Enjoy By IPA (series) – Made by Stone Brewing Company
Chances are you never check the sell by or enjoy by date on the beers you keep in the back of your fridge behind the Go→Gurt box. Stone brewing has solved that problem with their constantly updating Enjoy By IPA series. The optimal date for you to enjoy the beer by is printed on the label but it would be a shock to us if you can keep yourself from drinking them anywhere close to that date. The next release (as of writing this) is 5/30/16 for an “Enjoy By” 7/4/16. Summer will be in full swing and so should your IPA game.
Luponic Distortion – Made by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Did someone say they were experimenting with 6 different types of hops? We’re in. Each new release will be different than the last. Over Memorial Day, our taste testers (yeah, we have taste testers) tried Luponic Distortion and reported back that “it’s citrusy finish really kicked off the Summer season with a bang.” Their quote not ours.
Tribute Double IPA – Made by 14th Star Brewing Co.
What more can one want from a double IPA than a dry finish with a citrusy hops flavor and a smell to die for? 14th Star Brewing Co. (way up in St. Albans, VT) is the end of a perfect road trip destination if you should find yourself in New England this Summer.
Cucumber Kolsch – Made by Flat12 Bierwerks
We can all agree that the Germans know how to make a good beer, right? Flat 12 has taken the German style Kolsch and infused it with a summer staple, the cucumber. The results are as refreshing as it sounds. While your significant other is lying in the sun with cucumber slices over their eyes you can be drinking a cucumber Kolsch instead. “Pours a deep gold color. Smooth drinkability and super-refreshing finish from an infusion of cucumber.”
Tropicalia – Made by Creature Comforts Brewing Company
“A balanced, soft and juicy IPA.” Made down south in Athens, GA, Tropicalia is a perfect hazy summer afternoon beer. We think it would be best enjoyed on a lazy tube ride down a local river but we won’t judge if you drink it elsewhere. In fact, we’d like to join you.