Behold one of life’s most concrete facts: Beach days are better with cold beer. The salt, sand, and surf make you work up a mighty thirst, especially if you’re boogie-boarding or catching waves on a surfboard. Heck, even working on a tan makes us crave some beach beers. (Remember to slather on sunscreen!)
Before adding ice to your cooler (you’ve got a good one, right?), you’ll want to consider the ideal beach beers. To start, focus your selection on cans since many beaches ban glass. Cans have the added benefit of being lightweight and blocking sunlight, one of beer’s mortal enemies.
When curating a cooler of perfect beach beers, we also like to seek out brews that are low to moderate in alcohol and deliver massive refreshment. Double-hopped IPAs might be your favorite bev of choice, but heavy craft beers don’t mesh well with soaring temps. You want beach beers that are easy sippers—something to keep you cool while you work up a sweat.
From fruited sour ales to session IPAs to lagers best guzzled good and cold, here are 15 great summer beers to drink alongside the surf. To beach their own.
15 Best Beach Beers to Enjoy by the Sand and Surf
1. Rocket’s Red Glare
The brewery: WeldWerks Brewing Co.—Greeley, Colorado
The lowdown: The Popsicle-inspired sour ale tastes just like the freezer treat due to the addition of lemon, lactose, and blue raspberry flavoring. WeldWerks also brews the sour ale with real Rocket Pops.Get it
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