Sipping a dark, heavy beer in the summertime—even if it’s been sitting in a freezer—is like putting on your heaviest sweater to sit by the pool. Not only is it the opposite of refreshing, but you also look like a fool.
No. You need a summer beer.
“A summer beer cuts through the heat when the temperature creeps up to 80. It’s not overly bitter, it doesn’t wallop you over the head with intense flavors, and it’s low enough in alcohol,” says Joshua M. Bernstein, journalist and author of The Complete Beer Course.
A better option: Try these flavorful beers that have all those qualities. Whether you’re rewarding yourself for a hot workout or just starting a night out, you’ll be happy you stocked the cooler with some of our favorite summer brews of 2017.