So many craft breweries carry a reputation for being big, bold, and boozy. But increasingly, small, innovative breweries are also aiming squarely at more accessible beers that are crisp, drinkable, and even low-calorie – just right to take to the ballpark or to drink by the ocean. For a relaxing afternoon on the sand, choose sessionable beers with less than 5 percent ABV, says Doug Odell, owner and co-founder of Odell Brewing Company. "You want to be able to have a few without falling asleep in the sun," he says.
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We suggest keeping your cooler stocked with clean, crisp craft beers that aren't too hoppy – true thirst quenchers. Odell says he saves warm-weather beers with bigger flavors, such as a non-sessionable IPAs or full-bodied lagers, for nighttime hangouts around beach bonfires. Here are 15 beers you'll want to stock.
Dale's Pale Ale
A refreshing beer with a sneakily high 6.5 percent ABV, Dale's Pale Ale is a canned classic that belongs around the beach bonfire. The beer is insanely smooth, which contrasts with hoppy notes of pine and grapefruit.