Beer, like wine can be seasonal. Just as one might turn to lighter-bodied, chilled wines when the mercury peaks in August and September, there are “summertime” beers.
Summertime beers should be refreshing, well-carbonated and lower in alcohol. Here are four styles of beer that are quintessential summertime refreshment:
- Cream Ale – The name is a misnomer; cream ales do not contain any milk products. Cream simply refers to the smooth mouthfeel (like a nitro brew) of these cold-fermented ales are silky, refreshing, quaffable, and perfect for warmer weather.
- Kolsch – This style of beer originated in Germany. It is a crisp, delicate and oh-so-drinkable style of beer that is a light, refreshing and lower alcohol ale-lager hybrid perfect for hot summer days.
- Sours – The oldest style of beer. They are typically very low in alcohol, and feature sour, tangy, or tart flavors that come from (safe) bacteria in the brew mash.
- Saison – Light-bodied low alcohol beer brewed with harvest driven local ingredients that pairs well with most foods.
Dry hard ciders are another great summertime adult beverage option, and for non-alcoholic options, fresh Kombucha is a great option.
During your next visit to one of Lodi’s six craft breweries/tap rooms - Brix and Hops, The Dancing Fox Winery and Brewery, Five Window Beer Company, High Water Brewing Inc., Idol Beer Works, and Lodi Beer Company look for one of these summertime beers and other thirst-quenching, refreshing options.