25 Beers You Need to Drink Before Summer Is Over

We asked the pros to pick their favorite brews for warm-weather sipping.

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An ice-cold beer, still dripping with beads of water from the cooler, is one of the hallmarks of summer. Most of us are used to dipping into that bucket of cheap domestics that you'll find at any beach party, cookout, or campsite, and there's no shame in that. But just because it's summertime doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor in your brew choices.

These days, summer drinking has evolved to new heights. More and more great craft beers are being sold in cans, making them easier than ever to transport up to a rooftop or onto a boat. And people are also realizing that there's more diversity to seasonal drinking than near-frozen lagers and lemon-crowned wheat beers. Something light-bodied and refreshing may be right for a day in the sun, but when you're grilling meats at dusk, you might be better off with a porter. And a tart, bubbly saison can add instant swagger to any picnic.

To discover some new ways to tackle summer beer choices, we hit up our panel of experts—including brewers, bar owners, and journalists—to find out what they'll be drinking this season. We've got our work cut out for us.

Any favorites you'd add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

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  • erwin m

    East Coast Bias for sure. “East Coast has no love for Stone and Ballast Point?”

  • Katrina

    Any summer brew list without Shiner Ruby Redbird is incomplete, at best.

  • Justin

    No Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbeer? What up with that?

  • jen

    21st Ammendment Brewery “Hell or High Watermelon”

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