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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: http://www.chow.com/food-news/150720/...

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: http://www.chow.com/food-news/151489/...

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.

                    1. Drinking a whole lotta Founders All Day IPA this summer which has seemed to have replaced Narragansett summer in my fridge this year. Still havent seen my last year's favorite, Widmer Citra Summer ...

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                      1. re: LStaff

                        "Drinking a whole lotta Founders All Day IPA "
                        That is my current favorite as well.

                      2. My beer pattern isn't as seasonal as it used to be. I drink PA's, barleywines, and stouts pretty much year-round. If you're out of the heat (i.e. in the AC), the season isn't as noticeable beer-wise.

                        What's different is I probably slack off on the percentage of each of the above and swap it out for more wheats and fruit-wheats.

                        1. I have been drinking IPAs a lot so far but it really hasn't gotten that hot here in Oregon yet. I'll switch to Kolsch and other warm weather beers as it gets warmer.

                          1. For me, a good hoppy IPA provides plenty of quenching power for summer. I particularly like the ones without a lot of heavy malt. Recently my favourites are Worthy IPA from Oregon, and Modus Hoperandi from Colorado.

                            1. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is my go to summer beer.

                              1. I was pleasantly surprised at Long Trail Summer. Their beers do not usually excite me. Nice hoppy refreshing pale.

                                1. Costco made me an offer I couldn't refuse: a case of 4 Sierra Nevada varieties for $24. So a lot of my summer drinking with be those.

                                  The varieties are:
                                  --Torpedo: already knew this one, love it. Basically SNPA with more alcohol & bittering hops
                                  --Black IPA: Hadn't had this one before. Very tasty. Nice toasted barley flavor.
                                  --Witbier: Okay, neither my favorite wit nor my favorite Sierra Nevada, but certainly worth $6/6.
                                  --Session Pale Ale: Haven't tried this. Much lower alcohol than my customary brews.

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                                  1. re: TVHilton

                                    I just picked up a 12 pack of this same combo. I didn't care much for the Black IPA.

                                  2. Loading up on sours.....NB LaFolie, Jacobins Cuvée Rouge, Bruery Oude Tart, etc. But I also drink my normal favorites year round......that would be stouts, porters, doppelbocks, quads, etc. Weather it's hot or cold out those styles (as well as the sours) are my go to beers.

                                    1. Widmer Citra Blonde is still tops for me again this year. Been drinking many of the session ipa's as they come in fresh, but Founder's all day is the only one I have purchased repeatedly and has replaced Narraganset summer in my fridge this year. Victory summer mix pack has two great new beers - hop ticket pils and session ipa - whirlwind wit is over spiced with coriander imo, and summer love is just meh to me. Narraganset Dels shandy is an ok thirst quencher when guzzled ice cold. 2 Roads Ol'factory pils is pretty hoppy and drinkable.

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                                      1. re: LStaff

                                        Picked up a six pack of Founder's All Day yesterday. There really is a lot of flavor and body packed into a low ABV package. Really well done for this style of low alcohol IPA/PA hybrid

                                        1. Mainly- Adnams Ghostship, Badger Golden Champion and Camden Pale Ale.

                                          1. This past weekend: Narragansett's Del's Shandy. Not bad.