2016 Craft Beer Summer Seasonals

With less than a month until the official first day of summer, the days are getting longer and the countdown to your annual beach vacation has begun (hopefully to one of these beer-y beach towns). America’s craft brewers want to make sure you have the perfect beer to accompany all of your summer activities, and you’ll notice their creations hitting shelves and draft towers near you in the upcoming weeks.

Most of the summer seasonals featured in this list are lighter in body and aim to be refreshing and more sessionable. You may notice the frequent use of fruit, especially citrus, in some of these selections. Not only is summer the peak season for a lot of fruits, but the lighter beer styles associated with summer also lend themselves nicely to highlighting fruit flavors, rather than overpowering their subtlety.

“Small and independent craft brewers continue to lead when it comes to releasing some truly rewarding summer seasonals,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com. “These beers are as versatile to pair with good times outside as with what’s on the summer menu at your local restaurant and at home.”

To celebrate these special seasonal beers, we asked Brewers Association member breweries to share their latest releases. Here’s what they told us:

Northeast


Brooklyn Summer Ale
Bar Harbor Summer Ale
Cape May Brewing Co.
Cricket Hill Brewery
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Port Jeff Beach Beer
Sixpoint Apollo
Spellbound Peach IPA

Central


Butterfly Farts Brenner Brewing Co.
Door County Big Sister
Great Lakes Steady Rollin'
Millstream Black Beat Pils
Perrin Brewing Grapefruit IPA
Arcadia Brewing Cheap Date
Indeed Brewing Shenanigans Summer Ale
Public House Thorn and Heat
Schlafly Summer Lager
Smylie Brothers Purple Line
Tilted Axis Soleil d'Ete
Triton Brewing Wit Or Wit-Out You
MKE Brewing Weekend @ Louie's
Brewing Projekt The Stolen Mile
Burnt City Retrofit Lime Radler

Pacific


Deschutes Hop Slice Session IPA
Alaskan Summer Ale
AleSmith Double IPA
Coronado Berry the Hatchet
Fremont Summer Ale
High Water Cucumber Kolsch
Midnight Sun Hop Dog Double Wheat
Ninkasi Maiden the Shade
pFriem Family Brewers Gose

Mountain West


Big Sky Summer Honey
Carver Brewing Garden Brau Hefeweizen
Fiction Beer Do Not Touch the Flamingos
Grand Teton Snarling Badger
Kannah Creek Apricot Sour
Lumberyard Brewing Humphrey's Hefe
Meadlowlark Brewing Teddy Roosevelt
Squatter Bumper Crop
Wasatch Last One in Lager
Riff Raff Brewing Spruce Juice

South


Blackberry Farm Summer Saison
Lazy Magnolia Song of the South
Avondale Strawberry Kolsch
Branchline Brewing River Bend Citrus Pale Ale
Chandeleur Brewing New Harbor Honey
Little Harpeth Davy
SweetWater Goin' Coastal IPA
Tin Roof Brewing Not Too Sweet Watermelon Wheat
Biloxi Brewing Salty Dog

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