Summertime means lighter, refreshing beers. Say goodbye to your heavy stouts and wave a welcoming ‘hello’ to lighter, fruit-based brews perfect for kicking your feet up and soaking up some glorious sun.
With the weekend upon us, I thought I would share a few of my favorite summer brews in case you happen upon one during your Friday / Saturday / Sunday adventures!
Perrin Raspberry Blonde
Comstock Park, MI
This is probably my absolute favorite summer beer! It’s fun and fruity, but not too sweet. One of my favorite aspects of Perrin Raspberry Blonde is it’s crisp, refreshing finish, accompanied by a slight tartness. It pours a beautiful ruby color with a white head. Beautiful raspberry aroma. Perfect for a day at the beach, chilling by the bonfire, or just relaxing the day away with friends.
Odd Side Ales Pineapple IPA
Grand Haven, MI
I usually steer clear of IPA’s…not my jam…but something about the intrigue of pineapple forced me to try this Pineapple IPA by Odd Side Ales and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a pretty golden yellow color with very little head. The sweetness is extremely subtle, but so is the hoppy flavor. Perhaps that is why I actually like this IPA – the hops are understated (which I perfer). Now, while I wouldn’t say this is overtly pineapple in flavor, the almost nondescript fruit taste is enjoyable. If you are looking for a summer beer that has a hit of hops and a hint of sweet, this combo might be the winner for you (especially if you are an IPA-phobic like me).
Arbor Brewing Strawberry Blonde
Ann Arbor, MI
Now, I know what you are thinking…this is probably similar to the Perrin Raspberry Blonde reviewed above. False. In fact, I don’t think they are similar at all. Oddly enough, I like Arbor Brewing Strawberry Blonde because (oddly enough) it actually doesn’t taste like strawberry (at all). It pours almost a deep amber / pinkish color and really isn’t very fruity at all. This one, actually, is rather hard to describe. If you are looking for a true ‘fruit beer’ this isn’t it. I really can’t put my finger on why I like it, but I do. It is almost like a slightly sweet wheat beer. Guess you will have to give it a taste test and try it out for yourself!
Short’s Soft Parade
Ah..Short’s Soft Parade. One of my standard “go-to” beers. In fact, if I am at a bar or restaurant and the beer selection is slightly overwhelming, this will be my sure-fire order every time. Short’s Soft Parade is a fruit infused rye ale – but the best part is that there are multiple fruits celebrated in this brew: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Because of all of the fruit awesomeness, I would argue that it smells more like a wine than a beer. It pours a dark red, almost pomegranate color and is really stunning in a glass. It isn’t a heavy beer, but it does pack a big punch with the alcohol content. If you are more of a wine drinker, I highly recommend giving this brew a try in the future.