By Lisa Crocco

Summer is the time to relax, get together with family or friends, have a barbeque and pop open a refreshing beer. There are hundreds of beers brewed exclusively for the summer months that you should get your hands on. Narrowing down your favorites might be one of the most challenging tasks you set out to accomplish this summer, next to mastering the perfect tan of course.

Here are six summer beers you should start sipping on while soaking up that summer sun:

Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Ale

This fruity fusion from The Traveler’s Beer Co. has the tart and sweet combination which makes this a great summer beer. This ale brings the fun with its refreshing taste and even more awesome name. It might just make you want to pack your bags and take a road trip.

Leinenkugel Summer Shandy

The ultimate summer beer! Summer Shandy takes lemonade to the next level with this refreshing beer. This shandy is perfect to sip on during hot summer days while soaking up some sun at the beach. If only they made a Summer Shandy stand on every corner. Tastes like summer.

Goose Island Summer Ale

The smooth, hoppy goodness of this beer makes it easy to drink anytime throughout the summer from BBQ’s to bonfires. You’ll want to bring this 5.0% alcohol by volume (ABV) ale to all your outings during the summer.

Stiegl Radler Grapefruit

This is a dangerous brew since it is made of 60% fruit soda and only 40% lager. It is only 2.5% ABV so you will think you’re drinking an ice cold pop. The only real hint of beer is the aftertaste, which makes this grapefruit beer as delicious to the very last drop.

Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat

“Nothing is sweeter than summer time and American honey.” This definitely rings true when you gulp down Blue Moon’s Summer Honey Wheat beer. This brew has orange notes, along with its prominent honey flavor. The sweetness is one you can sip on while watching fireworks or walking around a carnival or street festival.

Angry Orchard Summer Honey

Here is one for all you cider lovers out there. Angry Orchard Summer Honey is sweet but still packs that crisp apple taste that you long for in a good cider. Cheers with your friends, kick up your feet and soak up that sun.


Let us know what your favorite summer beers are! Hope you enjoy—cheers!

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