There's nothing finer than a cold beer on a hot summer day. And though we'll be putting our imperial stouts and barleywine in the cellar until cooler weather, there's no reason to dumb down your brew selections in the heat. We've compiled the finest thirst-quenching beers in the world, from tart German ales to light-bodied IPAs and crisp, malty lagers. For the adventurous, consider this your to-drink checklist for the season.
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Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Once the rebel with attitude, Jim Koch's company is old-guard these days. But he still sweats like a coal miner producing his award-winning flagship, a blend of spice and malt with a fluffy head and smacking dry finish. At 4.9 percent alcohol, you could consider it one of craft brewing's original session beers.
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