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May 30, 2014 09:54 AM

Summer Beer Rundown 2014 -- What are you drinking this year?

With the help of some great LA beer guys, CHOW writer Justin Bolois did a rundown of summer beers:

Lots of wheat, fruit and pale ales on the list, of course, but even one stout ( Modern Times Beer’s Black House ) that was deemed summer appropriate made the cut.

Chris Rochelle also offered up some summer-appropriate suggestions for beer based refreshers in case you want something even lighter:

What beers are you looking forward to as the summer heats up?

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      See, I live in Canada, where it's still only thinking about maybe being summer. Last week was nice, but before that, there was the ever present danger that it might decide to snow at any moment, so we're a little behind on our beer drinking up here.

      1. re: Jacquilynne

        Speak for yourself, I think I am quite caught up on the beer consumption! Be sure to try Cameron's RPA (Rye Pale Ale), it is delicious and suitable for spring, which it still is of course.

    2. Drinking Anchor Saison. Very nice, very refreshing.

      1. In the summer I tend to enjoy German/Czech Pilseners, Kolsch and Schwartzbiers when I want something dark. Perfect out door drinking beers.

        1. I don't really snag bottles much these days. I guess they used those for the photos in those lists.

          I'm into kolsch, sours, and some of these interesting fruit beers. Since I'm in NYC, I'm enjoying local brewer takes on these such as Barrier Icculus Kolsch, Peekskill Simple Sour, and Singlecut Kim's Hibiscus Sour. For fruit beers, can't remember the brewer, but tried an interesting blood orange one the other day. Very light on the fruitiness and not saccharine in any way....From SF, I've enjoyed 21st Amendment's Hell or High Watermelon. It's surprisingly a good one.

          And if I see anyone's take on a gose, I will order it or snag it right up- especially Westbrook cans. But they are now nearly impossible to find...

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          1. re: Silverjay

            That Peekskill Simple Sour is delicious. Most of their beers are, planning a day trip up there this summer

            1. re: MVNYC

              Yup. Me too...BTW, I've been to Dirck the Norseman a couple of times. Beers are pretty good. Need to increase my sample size before I write something up.... They told me Chris, the brewer, is really trying to nail some classic styles or slight iterations, and not going the balls out, high gravity, big beer route. I think that is a good approach.

            2. re: Silverjay

              I had that Singlecut Hubiscus Sour for the first time last night. Wow was that good. And super refreshing.

              I'm surprised there are no sours on the list linked in the OP. They seems to me to be perfect for summer quaffing. And the Sunglecut was only 3.5%, if I recall correctly.

              1. re: Silverjay

                Another one to add: Hitachino Nest Anbai Plum Weizen!..This is a gose. A bit savory, sweet, and tart with a very nice nose to it. This is great chilled. Been having it on tap lately. So freakin' good.

                  1. re: MVNYC

                    Mugs now. Brouwerij Lane last year sometime.

                    1. re: Silverjay

                      Heading out to Dirk with some friends this weekend, will pop into Mugs to to see if it is still there. Thanks for the heads up

                      1. re: MVNYC

                        Oy vey. Me and my big mouth. Haha no jk. Enjoy.

                        1. re: MVNYC

                          Did you get some? I hit it up Fri night for couple of glasses and when I circled back on Sat night it was kicked...

                          1. re: Silverjay

                            Ended up at the beach so I missed out. I'm guessing its a seasonal?

                            1. re: MVNYC

                              I hope so. I hope it returns. Really cool beer.

                              1. re: Silverjay

                                The crazy name is making me really thirsty for it

                                1. re: MVNYC

                                  They also have an IPA w/ oranges called Dai Dai. I like it.

                                  1. re: Josh

                                    You may be thinking of the Hitachino Nest Daidai IPA. Daidai is a type or (slightly) bitter orange used in it. I have had that beer here in Tokyo and it is really pretty good and quite drinkable.

                                    1. re: Tripeler

                                      Yeah, that's the one. Very good.

                  2. I will have to try that Peekskill sour as I do get down there.

                    I was very pleasantly surprised by the Kona Brewing Koko Brown Ale. If you hate coconut, you will hate it, but if you like coconut, you may find it surprisingly good. I cannot understand how beer from Hawaii can sell for $9 a sixer (i.e. cheaper than most California beers) in Buffalo, NY, but I will buy it.