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Kona Brewing Co.
Koko Brown Ale

Kona’s Koko Brown is the perfect summer beer because it combines heaviness of brown ale with distinct notes of toasted coconut. Its natural semi-sweetness comes from only the malt and the coconut, so it’s not sweet as you might expect. Then again, nuts are seldom sweet.

Color: dark brown. Airy, bubbly head.
Aroma: Sweet, malty and certainly a bit nutty.
Mouthfeel: Koko brown is heavy, malty and creamy, brewed with toasted coconut. It coats your throat but sparkles refreshingly.
Taste: Koko is your typical brown ale. Its starts off malty, roasted, sweet and finishes off with the faintest hint of toasted coconut.
Best place to drink: around a campfire with s’mores.

Left hand Brewing
Good Ju Ju ginger

The seasonal brew from Left Hand is surprising and teases your senses. It seems impossible this beer be that ginger filled and still so delicious. Ju Ju is spicy, not sweet, all-around refreshing and maybe even invigorating. Each sip makes you curious for more.

Color: amber brown with a light bubbly head.
Aroma: strong ginger scent with a tiny bit of malt and hop.
Mouthfeel: quick burst of spiciness that leaves your tongue fizzy and wanting more.
Taste: refreshing. A robust malt and a hint of hops start this off, then boom like a firework you’ll taste ginger everywhere.
Best place to drink: patio bar eating happy-hour pot stickers and egg rolls.

Summer Shandy wheat

The Summer Shandy is the beer your girlfriend dreams about all year, even if she’s a hop head. It’s the definition of summer beer as a lemonade-filled wheat. Even for all of its sweetness, you can have quite a few of them without sticking your head in the toilet.

Color: lemon gold with a nice head that reminds you’re drinking beer.
Aroma: sweet and citrusy with light wheat notes. Bright.
Mouthfeel: smooth and sweet, calming and refreshing. Overall, light.
Taste: quintessential summer beer, sweet, tart, smooth and brewed with Lemonade. It’s half lemonade for god’s sake. It’s bright and light with all of the graininess that comes with a wheat.
Best place to drink: at a picnic down by the river or lake.

Deschutes Brewing
Chainbreaker white IPA

If you don’t like fruit in your beer but still like bright summer beers, this one is right up your alley. It’s unique, but you’ll have to try it to believe it. Wheat and IPA are seldom intertwined so seamlessly. You’ll wonder why you’ve never seen one of these before.

Color: cloudy golden brown with a thick head.
Aroma: yeast, hops, wheat.
Mouthfeel: creamy and crisp. Coats then pops off the tongue excitingly.
Taste: this beer is the best of every world. Expect the wheat-y, citrus-y, yeast-y flavor characteristic of Belgians. As that flavor subsides it’s taken over by hops, hops and hops. It’s crisp, fresh and unmistakably an IPA. It lingers, making you want another sip.
Best place to drink: at a barbecue with friends feasting on brats.

Avery Brewing
Karma Belgian pale ale

This Belgian pale ale is perfect for summer. It’s all about the yeast and the spices brought to you through the yeast. Karma’s not overpowering; it’s refreshing to the point that it’s likely to become a go-to for many a Belgian lover looking for that light, summery option. It can even take an orange or two if you’re so inclined.

Color: bright amber, frothy, white head.
Aroma: citrus, coriander, yeast, malt.
Mouthfeel: Quick to taste the yeast the spices it enhances
Taste: yeast-y and bright with light malts and not a trace of a hops.
Best place to drink: patio for happy-hour tacos

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Summerfest pilsner

Pilsner fans, Sierra Nevada Summerfest is the summer beer for you. Crisp hops start it off with a malty clean finish. This is no doubt a beer. No fruit allowed; no frills to impede the taste of this easy-drinking pils. It’s quick to leave your tongue but stays on the outside and in the throat. This is a great summer beer because it’s energizing and bold.

Color: light golden, feisty head.
Aroma: hoppy hoppy hoppy
Mouthfeel: bright quick and bitter (in a good way)
Taste: the malt is very slight and the hops are super pronounced.
Best place to drink: kickball/baseball/softball game with hot dogs.

Odell Brewing
Odell Easy Street Wheat

Every summer beer list needs a straight-up wheat. Yes, Easy Street Wheat is available all year, but that’s more of a testament to how delicious it is. Malty, sweet and delicious, this is another one great with oranges for fun and energy. It’s also unfiltered, so you get the full range of flavor at the bottom. It’s the one to pop when flavorful barbecue is on the grill and you’re expecting a long day in the sun.

Color: cloudy. Golden, beautiful, fluffy head.
Aroma: wheat-y, grainy sweet.
Mouthfeel: crisp and grainy with white bright and refreshing
Taste: Delicious wheat all the way. No hops, and it’s unfiltered.
Best place to drink: barbecue with burgers and chicken.

Dry Dock Brewing Co.
Apricot Blonde ale

Fruit beer gets a lot of flak. It’s not real beer some say, but the reality of it is that beer is how you brew it. Brewing beer with fruit can be a magical experience, which is very much the case here. It tastes, looks and feels like an apricot but it’s wrapped in a beautiful blonde package. It’s sweet and it’s a great summer treat.

Color: apricot. Thick head.
Aroma: apricot and a sweet blonde, grainy smell.
Mouthfeel: candy, smooth like honey, bright.
Taste: This beer tastes so much like apricots you’d think you were eating them but it finishes off like a nice blonde ale when a mix of sweet grains comes to the rescue.
Best place to drink: at a party full of women.