Summer beers

Best Beer to Bring When Making New Friends, Red Stripe

Red Stripe BeerLet’s say you have been invited over to a neighbor’s house or going to a party and meeting people for the first time. You know they are beer drinkers but you are not sure the type of beer they like. Two words, Red Stripe (ice cold beer). Red Stripe is a great beer for these types of occasions because it is a lager and relatively light and it is Jamaican. Jamaican beer or as they like to say Hooray Beer Mon!

Making new friends over a 6 pack or twelver of ice cold Red Stripe beer is always a good time and somehow gets you thinking about the crystal blue Caribbean ocean, hanging out on the beach and enjoying the finer things in life with an ice cold Red Stripe beer in your hand. Yes, you can put this down as a beer fact, Red Stripe is always a great gift to show up with when going to neighbors, friends or family. Make sure you have a sixer in your fridge. It takes the thinking out of the equation so you never show up empty handed (that is if you can keep your paws off it in the meantime).

Summer Beers Hit the Spot

best summer beersWith it being mid-summer and the temperature are still above1oo degrees in Phoenix, light body summer beers quench the thirst best. Since I posted my top 10 summer beers and Sierra Nevada Summerfest Bottom Fermented Beer and cold tank aging (AVB 5%) is still top of the list. I must say the surprise goes to Fat Tire Skinny Dip with a distinctive taste and a surprise ingredient goji berries (110 calories per 12oz serving, 7 grams carbs ABV 4.2%) that makes this summer beer stand out. Although it did not make my initial top 10 list because I am not a big wheat beer fan and their entire beer lineup has a wheat beer theme, I think Skinny Dip belongs in the top 10 summer beers list.

Summer beers

Best Summer Beers Top 10 List…did I mention Cold Beers?

sierra nevada summerfestCold beer and summer goes together like cold beer and just about anything. Looking for some good summer beers? An on point question for this time of year. It is safe to say that we can steer clear of stout beers although a Guinness is always good when poured right (and still ok when not). However, when you think of summer beers, what comes to mind is pilsner, larger, k├Âlsch, lambic, wheat and light beers. Oh and did I mention it must be cold beer? Summer beer is seasonal and many brewing companies have a limited time brew. Here are some noteworthy summer beers and beers best in the warm months to try:

  1. Sierra Nevada Summerfest
  2. Samuel Adams Summer Ale
  3. Blue Moon Blue Moon White (Lighter style Wheat Beer)
  4. Widmer Hefeweizen
  5. Anchor Summer (Anchor Steam Summer Beer)
  6. Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat
  7. Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Barrel Select Pils
  8. Lindeman’s Framboise Rasberry, Lambic Beer
  9. Belgian “Saison” Farmhouse Ale
  10. Stella Artois Pilsner Beer (how weak that Beer Advocate gives Stella a C+…come on!)

There you have it…a top ten list for summer beers, recommended to be enjoyed ice cold and responsibly or irresponsible in the comfort of your own home. Cold beer and summer go well together!