Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Beer

In the winter I love wine and I shared some of my favorite bottles of wine with you. However, once summer arrives, I'm a beer drinker. I love mojitos and sangria and all of those tasty things too, but I would be lying if I weren't to say that Andrew and I drink a lot of beer. It's hard to go wrong with a night on the roof deck and a pint of beer while listening to the Orioles game.

It is sometimes hard for me to find a good summer beer that doesn't taste like lysol when some of the best intentions for a citrus beer end up being too much for me. (Yes, I'm going out on a limb here and saying that Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is gross.) Over the past few summers, I have found a couple favorites and more recently, I have found a few new beers that I find perfect for summer. Here's a look.

1// Magic Hat Blind Faith  2// Heavy Seas Riptide  3// Sixpoint Brewery The Crisp  4// Victory Brewing Summer Love

These just happen to be a few that I have found extremely crisp and refreshing for the summer. I'm usually an IPA kind of girl, hence the Magic Hat IPA on Tour pick as well as the Heavy Seas White IPA. Though these seem to be much more summery than others-- a definite crisp factor. The others are super crisp as well, which ultimately makes a great summer beer. I will be honest though, some of you on the west coast may have a harder time finding these in your parts. That's ok though because I'm extremely jealous of all of you and your west coast beer.

And of course, nothing wrong with a good old Natty Boh either! (That's National Bohemian for all you non-Baltimore people.) While it's not the first thing I'm running out to buy, it's an ever so slightly tastier version of Budweiser. Being the original Baltimore beer, I'd much rather be sipping one of those at an O's game. So we can at least say cheers to that!

Are you a summer beer drinker? What are some of your favorite summer brews?


  1. I'm really into Mexican beers in the summer. Most of them are so light and refreshing that I have a hard time wanting anything else.

  2. I'm so glad to hear you think Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy is gross. I think the first time I had it, I was OK with it. And then I kept ordering it, and now it just tastes like sun tanning lotion.

    Are there many local breweries in Baltimore? It seems like Indy has a new one open every month. So I normally stick to the local beers. My current favorite is a Razz Wheat. I'm always looking for something a little fruity on a hot summer day.

    1. The past two summers I've noticed this obsession people are having over Summer Shandy and I don't get it! So disgusting! I don't know, maybe I'm just a beer snob.

      We have a few local craft breweries-- Heavy Seas (which I featured above) is the one that's been around the longest and is most well known. We have a few more-- Union Craft Brewing is one of my new favorites and they just started to distribute. If you ever see something at the store called Duckpin Pale Ale get it! Delicious! And then there are a lot of Maryland breweries as well. We try to do local as much as possible too, but we also like to try new things so if there's something that the store got that's not usually in stock, we tend to snag that. And we also brew our own as well-- can't get much more local than that! :)

  3. Sam Summer and Blue Moon are my summer favorites! Can't wait to have one after the baby arrives :)

  4. I am not a beer girl but if I was these sound great!

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  5. I'm getting much more into beer! I recently got a variety 12pack of Double Take - it's fun to try the different ones and figure out what I taste in each :)


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