Brew Crew’s top pickings for best summer craft beers


Craft beer brewed with fruit has been around since the early days of the craft brew detonation. But the summer months brewers are taking fruity flavors to sophiscated heights with unique spice additions, extra hops and other astounds.

Summertime is usually associated with lighter, fruitier ales and we saw a plenty of fruity brews we just had to try.

Not a bitter beer fan? These sweeter, crisp, fruit-forward brews may simply change your mind.

Two Roads Road Jam Raspberry Wheat

This wheat beer has the aroma of opening a fresh jar of jam. Its a little tart with your first sip, but then melts into a lovely pink cotton candy flavor. The brew is brewed with real berries and we suppose Two Roads captured the balanced savor you can expect from raspberries– they’re both sour and sweet.

Anchor Mango Wheat

As the bubbles reach your snout, this beer smells like ripe apricots. The first sip is bright and sweet. Its easy to drink and has a smooth mouth-feel. You will definitely taste the mango in this beer. It finishes sweet and crisp. We think this beer would go great with some slightly sweet barbecue.

Sweet Water Coin Coastal Pineapple IPA

Nothing stenches better than a fresh pineapple in summer, except maybe the piney scent of an IPA. Sweet Water gives you both both with this bold yet sweet brew. The flavor is incredibly balanced. Its sweet, tart, bitternes, and bold; it makes all the bells and whistles– and you can’t miss the distinct savor of pineapple. Its amazingly light for an IPA.

Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA

This may sound bad, but this beer stenches a little bit like organic cleanser. Its not a bad thing just stay with us. Soul Style is one of the hoppiest brews we tried with notes of bright citrus zest. Its sweet, but has a bold bitter finish. If you like orange then this beer is for you.

21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon

Nothing tells summertime quite like fresh watermelon and this beer fingernails it. It was a little very hard to believe 21 st Amendment brewed this beer with real watermelon because it savours more like Sour Patch Watermelon candy. We arent complaining, though, because it savours good. Its illumination and crisp with just the right amount of sweetness. Be careful or you could easily drink a whole six-pack in one sitting.

Cascade Blueberry Sour Ale( 2014 )

This, by far, was the most unique brew of the bunch. Upon opening, it reeked like we just uncorked a nice bottle of wine. We felt like we needed to give it a minute to exhale and genuinely open up. The first sip was sour and a little bit smokey. It has a astonishingly woody flavor as well. Think of this beer as a deeper, more sophisticated blueberry kombucha.

Elysian Brewing Company Superfuzz

Looking for an easy sipping crowd please? Superfuzz is your best bet. Its illumination, sweet, somewhat bready, and full of citrus constructing it easy to drink from cocktail hour hour to dinner’s objective.

Meyer Lemon Lager

Enjoy this beer with a plate of fresh oysters. Its the perfect pairing for raw shellfish. The lager smells like brown sugar and pear and the first sip is crisp and freshening. Meyer lemons are sweeter than most and this beer capitalizes on that uniquely tart and tangy sweetness.

Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat

Shock Top is well known for its approachable( read: non-beer drinkers become instant converts after trying a Shock Top) wheat ales and this brew is no exception. It smells like apple candy and tastes like a cider beer cocktail. Honeycrisp Apple is a perfect brew for late summertime sipping– and this particular fruit flavor builds it a great selection going into fall, too.

Green Flash Passion Fruit Kicker

Is that bubblegum I smell? Yup. This brew has a decisively sweet fragrances but don’t let the top notes fool you. The flavor is light and tart with a sweet finish but beyond the bubblegum there are hints of tropical passion fruit. One sip of this lush brew and you’ll be transported to a tropical paradise.

Erik Berte, Thomas Cocho, William McNamara, Rebecca Simon, Nicolette Kearney, and Joseph Frye contributed to this article .

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