There are many beers out there that taste great no matter what time of year it is. I can enjoy a good stout when it is 90 degrees and muggy and still be refreshed. Pale and IPA’s taste great all year around and good porter has that warming feeling during the winter holidays but also does the trick on a warm sunny afternoon. However, beer does have it’s seasons and right now, of course, we are in the middle of summer so I would like to take a look at some beers I’m familiar with drinking that are only available during the summer season.
**Bells Oberon Ale**
Available: Any good liquor store
Style: Wheat Ale
Maybe my favorite “summer” beer, this wheat ale is nice and fruity with nice grassy hop finish. The citrus is what sticks out to me in this wheat beer as some wheats I’ve had come across bland, this one packs a flavorful and refreshing punch. The perfect summer beer! It is available on tap at Red’s Alehouse in North Liberty, IA!
**Goose Island Summertime**
Available: Any good liquor store.
Kolsch style comes from Germany that has clear yellow color with some hoppiness and less bitterness than most lagers. Since Goose Island has sold to AB-InBev I’ve found myself trying to get away from their beers just so I’m not putting money in the pockets of AB-InBev, but Goose Islands’ beers make that difficult at times because some are very good. This one has the flavor of apricots and peaches and then finishes with lemon flavor. Nice crisp and refreshing.
The summer seasonal from one of my favorite breweries is Boulevard’s Zon. This is a take on a classic German Witbier (white). You have the classic orange peel and coriander flavor which makes this beer greatly refreshing on a hot summer day. Have your Blue Moon drinking friends give this one a shot, not only are you getting them into craft beer but you are getting them away from Coors produced beer, which Blue Moon is.
Another beer experience courtesy of Dogfish Head Brewing. Festina Peche is Berliner Weiss beer that fermented with peaches. This beer is full of peach flavor and is close to being champagne like in flavor. If you are a fan of peaches then this is the brew for you.
Summer wheat ale brewed with all malts and 50% of that is malted wheat. The malted wheat is where the flavor comes from as this beer doesn’t have your normal citrus aroma or flavor that comes with many wheat beers. However, this beer is still very crisp and refreshing and is great on a summer day.
I’m sure I missed some brews to talk about. Make sure you try to have a few summer seasonals before they go and we are then replaced with my favorite time of year; Fall seasonals!! Let me know your thoughts!