Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Beer Guide



I can drink a good beer year round but there is something about warm summer nights that makes a cold beer sound even better. It's funny how your tastes change over time. I used to be all about the sweet fruity drinks and down fishbowls of blue drinks like a champ. Now, I can have one or two sweet cocktails before I'm done. Beer on the other hand goes down fine and I'm sure has contributed to my beer gut..but oh well.

Summer beers tend to be crisp and light which is perfect for hot days by the pool. It's fun to look forward to your favorite seasonal beers that are only offered a few months of the year. Below is a neat chart that shows what popular beers are made in what season! (Click the via link below for a better view)


Beer tasting is a great way to figure out what beers you like and what flavors and varieties you dislike. Don't be afraid to ask the bartender or waitress for samples to try out they usually don't care at all and even encourage it! 

There are so many breweries popping up and craft beers are all the rage. I would highly recommend going on a brewery tour if you get a chance. Last summer while traveling in Asheville I went on a brewery tour and learned so much! 

While there are lots of craft beers that I enjoy when I see them in a bar or restaurant I've picked out 3 favorites that are available in most grocery and liquor stores that are perfect this time of year!



Abita Strawberry: This is probably my favor beer of any season. It is in the pilsner family and real strawberry juice is added after filtration. The hint of strawberry adds such a fresh flavor without being too sweet or overpowering. With a 4.2% ABV and 128 calories it's great to sip on and won't leave you feeling bloated.

Crabbie's Ginger Beer: Crabbie's is a great beer if you're looking for something refreshing and bubbly. As the name suggests it tastes similar to ginger ale or for all my Kentucky peeps Ale-8! This beer is fine to drink by itself but it's even better in a Moscow Mule or try my Mexican Mule

Corona: Corona isn't a beer I ever think about drinking anytime besides in the summer. As someone who could eat Mexican food everyday of her life this beer is perfect to accompany a fiesta! This is a very light beer that in my opinion is somewhat bitter. If I'm not drinking a margarita with my nachos a Corona is the next best option! 

What's your favorite beer to drink in the summer?

25 comments:

  1. LOVE summer beer. I'm a big fan of Sol with lime in warm weather.

    P.S. I ADORE your new look! The site looks amazing.

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  2. You are so pretty! This is a great post, just reading it makes me wish this Ohio weather would cheer up so I can enjoy a good bonfire and s'mores!

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  3. I'm extremely picky when it comes to beers. I love sticking to my Budlight but there's a new beer called Twisted. It's a mixture of ice tea & beer. So Im dying to see how that tastes. lol

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  4. Mmm, I love beer! Great guide!

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  5. I used to be the same. Fruity drinks were my jam. Now all the sugar makes me so hungover I don't mess with them anymore. I do LOVE an iced cold beer in the Summer though. Mmmmm.

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  6. A Moscow mule sounds really good right now!

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  7. I love Abita Strawberry! I only drink beer in the summer - it's almost like I crave it. During fall, winter and spring I'm all about vodka. But I can't do super fruity anymore either!

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  8. I always tend to stick to the same stuff all year round! Mic Ultra, Limearitas (it could be 10 degrees out and I'll still drink it) or Angry Orchard!

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  9. I love love love Abita Purple Haze, if you've never had it, it is soon good! I could drink it any day at any time.

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  10. My best friend is heading to Asheville tomorrow and I should suggest that brewery tour to her! I love Abita. I'll have to try that strawberry one.

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  11. I love beer year round, but summer beers are my favorite! Hell or High Watermelon (watermelon beer!) is a great summer refreshing beer, I also love Summer Solstice by Anderson Valley Brewing!

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  12. YUM! I totally agree with you, summer and a Corona just go so well together :)

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  13. My maiden name is Crabb so Crabbie's is a pretty popular item in my family! ;) Love this list, Brittany!

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  14. Yum! Thanks for the fun guide!

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  15. Love this- especially that first infographic! Im not a huge beer drinker but there's something about an ice cold beer in the summer - nothing better!

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  16. Oh how I love Abita Strawberry... one of my all times favs :)

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  17. I love a great beer, especially in the Summer. Craft beers are SO good, and I can really savor a delicious one. My absolute favorite Summer beer is Sam Adam's Porch Rocker. It's SO tasty!

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  18. I WISH I didn't love beer... but I do. So bad for the beer belly, but so, so good. I saw the ginger beer at the store this week and wondered if it was good! Will be picking it up! I'm loving West 6th's Lemongrass beer for summer right now...

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  19. I don't know if you can get it everywhere or if it's just a local/midwest thing but Summer Shanty by Lienenkugels is great! I can only have one (or else it's too much) but nothing tastes better to me than that on a hot summer evening on the porch.

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  20. I love a good beer too, especially on a hot summer evening! I'm typically a light beer drinking but sometimes I'll go for a fancy beer -- the problem is that I always forget if I like an IPA/ Pilsner/ any other option! haha, I'll have to try Crabbies Ginger beer!

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  21. I am also a beer girl (I can't handle those sweet drinks - they give me a headache) and one of the things I miss most since becoming pregnant. I love ales and wheat beer. I particularly love beers that have been flavored with fruit, especially in the summer!

    Erica
    www.pumpsandpushups.com

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  22. Thanks for the chart! Although I'm not a beer drinker, I will share this with my best friend who I'm certain will find it useful.

    Happy Wednesday
    www.lovecompassionatelee.com/

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  23. That chart is so handy! I love 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon for summer and Abita Purple Haze.

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  24. I'm trying to be better about branching out with my beer. That chart is really helpful! Blue Moon, Sea Dog, and Corona are my usual brands!

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  25. This is awesome! I totally agree, nothing like a cold drink on a warm day. And that guide to when different beers hit the shelves is AWESOME.

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