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The Best Summer Beers for Backyard Barbecues

The sun is shining, the burgers are grilling, and your buddies ask what you brought to drink after tossing your 6-pack into the cooler. "Did you bring the usual?" Confidently you reply, "Nope, not today my friends." Today, you branched out and got something perfect for this barbecue. With so many choices for craft beer (especially in New England), you'll want to pick the right beer for the right season. If you want to raise some eyebrows and crack some smiles, we’ve gathered our top picks for the best summer beers. When the weather gets a little too warm, your friends will thank you for bringing a summer beer that’ll cool them off.

Harpoon Camp Wannamango

In India, a basket full of mangos is a sign of friendship. But we think a basket full of Harpoon Camp Wannamango is a close second. When it comes to this beer, there’s no escaping the refreshing mango aroma and taste. You’ll also get a blend of passion fruit and subtle hops. If you’re looking for something light and easy to drink, this pale ale could quickly become your summertime favorite.

Dogfish Head Sea-Quench

Pucker up for a summer romance with this sour ale. Sour beers are continuously becoming more popular every year and Dogfish Head’s Sea-Quench Ale is a great example of one. Made with lime peel, black lime, and sea salt, be prepared for a unique taste when you take a sip of this ale. It’s tart, it’s refreshing, and it’s excellent for anyone who wants to take a dive into the world of sour beer.

Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge

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Summer marks the return of beachy days, long nights, and Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge. This pilsner is loaded with European hops but still contains a traditional flavor. It has a light, golden hue and is extremely drinkable. For any pilsner fans, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s perfect to bring along to barbecues, out to the docks, or even just out to the porch.

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Ballast Point has found a way to incorporate grapefruit into their beer for a refreshing take on their classic Sculpin. With an ABV of 7%, this beer should be sipped a little slower than the others on this list - but that doesn’t mean it isn’t easy to drink. Although technically an IPA, it wouldn’t be such a wild idea to give it to someone who isn’t usually a fan of them. The grapefruit adds a beautiful aroma and tart taste that makes this an unforgettable beer.

Bonus: Downeast Aloha Friday

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Beer isn’t for everyone, and cider isn’t just for fall. In fact, the masterminds at Downeast have concocted a special summer drink to prove it. Aloha Friday is bursting with refreshing and juicy pineapple. This is the cider that will make you look forward to relaxation. We think they did a pretty good job naming it.

Not only is there an ample amount of seasonal summer ales, there’s also a lot of year-round beer perfect for the warm weather. Have something else in mind other than what’s on this list? Stop by to check out our ever-changing inventory! Or, if you want to see if we have something in stock before swinging by, contact us today!

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