BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#craftbeer–As summer quickly approaches, a few things come to mind–beaches,
cookouts, baseball games and enjoying the great outdoors with family and
friends. None of those are complete without craft beer. That’s why CraftBeer.com—the
Association (BA) website for beer lovers— has released its list of
summer seasonals produced by small and independent craft brewers
throughout the country.
Summer seasonals are typically the second largest seasonal (behind
fall), and seasonals are the second largest style category behind all
India Pale Ale (IPA) styles combined. Last year, during the 13 weeks
leading up to September 6, summer seasonals accounted for 14% of volume
in scan data from off-premise sales (source: IRI Group).
“Small and independent craft brewers continue to lead when it comes to
releasing some truly rewarding summer seasonals,” said Julia Herz,
publisher of CraftBeer.com. “These beers are as versatile to pair with
good times outside as with what’s on the summer menu at your local
restaurant and at home.
Most of the summer seasonals featured in this list are lighter in body
and aim to be refreshing and more sessionable. Additionally, there is
frequent use of fruit, especially citrus, in many of these selections.
Not only is summer the peak season for a lot of fruits, the lighter beer
styles associated with summer lend themselves nicely to highlighting
fruit flavors, rather than overpowering their subtlety.
A selection of summer seasonals includes:
- Brenner Brewing Co. | Butterfly Farts | citrus ale | Milwaukee, WI
- Arcadia Brewing Co. | Cheap Date | session ale | Kalamazoo, MI
- Perrin Brewing Co. | Grapefruit IPA | Comstock Park, MI
Public House Brewing Co. | Thorn & Heat Strawberry Wheat Ale | St.
- Burnt City Brewing | Retrofit Lime Radler | Chicago, IL
Fiction Beer Co. | Do Not Touch the Flamingos | apricot saison |
Meadowlark Brewing | Teddy Roosevelt American Badass | oak-aged
imperial wheat IPA | Sidney, MT
- Kannah Creek Brewing Co. | Apricot Sour | Grand Junction, CO
Squatters Craft Beers | Bumper Crop Honey Lavender Ale | Salt Lake
- Carver Brewing Co. | Garden Brau Hefeweizen | Durango, CO
- Dogfish Head | Festina Peche | neo-Berliner Weisse | Milton, DE
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. | Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale | Belgian blond
session | Fairfield, NJ
- Spellbound Brewing | Peach IPA | Mount Holly, NJ
Coronado Brewing Co. | Berry the Hatchet | ale brewed with berries |
- High Water Brewing | Cucumber Kolsch | Pittsburg, CA
- Tin Roof Brewing Co. | Not Too Sweet Watermelon Wheat | Baton Rouge, LA
- SweetWater Brewing Co. | Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple | Atlanta, GA
- Avondale Brewing Co. | Strawberry Kolsch | Birmingham, AL
Refuel & Refresh with the Right Pairing
“As summer nears and the farmers markets begin to overflow with
tomatoes, tender greens, fava beans, peas, peaches and more, our palates
shift to wanting lighter, refreshing beverages,” said Adam Dulye,
Brewers Association Executive Chef. “This summer you’ll see many lighter
styles including pilsner, kolsch, gose and wheat beers to bring relief
to your palate.”
To add to the bliss of the season, Chef Dulye has specially created a
great citrus, avocado, corn and arugula salad recipe that
perfectly pairs with these summer beers.
Read CraftBeer.com’s 2016
Summer Seasonals for the leading list of seasonal selections and
descriptions. To round out the experience consider seeking out seasonal
craft beers at your local neighborhood brewery and taking a tour.
About the Brewers Association
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dedicated to small
and independent American brewers, their beers and the community
of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more
than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than
99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events
including the World
Beer CupSM, Great
American Beer Festival®, Craft
Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠:
An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA
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Homebrew Competition and American
Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The
New Brewer magazine and its Brewers
Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and
relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.
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