9 Limited-Time Summer Beers You Can Only Buy Right Now
Just imagine it. It's a steamy Friday evening. You're just finishing up a long week of work, and you want nothing more but to crack open a brew and enjoy the sunset on the back porch. Or it's a Saturday afternoon, and you're rolling a cooler along the sandy beach. You prop open a chair, stick an umbrella in the sand, and sip on a crispy, frothy summer beer. It seems ideal, doesn't it?
While your usual go-to brews will always hit the spot, summer is the perfect time to taste some of the unique beers coming from craft breweries around the country. Especially when a beach day or a backyard barbecue is involved. From fruity session ales to hoppy IPAs, here are some of the limited-time summer beers to get your hands on before they're gone for good. Then, for more beer suggestions, We Tasted the Most Popular Beers & This Is the Best!
Peak Conditions Hazy Double IPA – Stone Brewing
Known for having West Coast hops and East Coast haze, this summertime double IPA contains fruity notes of passion fruit, orange, and guava. After customers begged for a seasonal return, Stone Brewing released Peak Conditions for a limited time until early September.
Road Jam – Two Roads Brewing
This pink, raspberry ale, accented with lemongrass, is a Two Roads go-to to kick off summer—especially during their Road Jam Musical Festival held in Stratford, Conn. in the middle of June. Road Jam is fruity and refreshing, perfect for days at the beach or sipping at a music festival, exactly how it was intended to be.
Nice Slice – Southern Tier Brewing
"Kickflip your taste buds" is the motto for the Nice Slice, a watermelon session ale made with wheat and subtle caramel malt. It's light, crisp, and ideal for a day by the pool.
Apollo – Six Point Brewing
Named after the Olympian sun god with a golden bow, Apollo is a frothy beer "like nectar and ambrosia sent down from on high." This summer wheat beer has banana and clove notes and is only available between April and September.
Uberon – Bell's Brewery
Aged in bourbon barrels, Bell's Brewery presents Uberon, a classic American Wheat Ale for the summertime. This stronger summer ale has notes of whiskey and spicy toffee, making it unique among many other lighter, fruitier, and crispier ales available during the summer months.
Summer Ale – Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn's classic Sunny Pale Ale is the stuff of summertime dreams. This pale ale is light and floral, with a low ABV making it an easy sipper on hotter days. The Summer Ale is available for purchase between March and August.
Watermelon Session Ale – Montauk Brewing
Watermelon seems to be the choice beer of the summer with the addition of Montauk's Watermelon Session Ale. This beer, along with Montauk's classic Summer Ale, are available between March and August as well.
Pink Flamingos – Sloop Brewing
Home of the famous Juice Bomb IPA, Sloop Brewing recently released a new mildly hoppy summertime beer within their limited series titled Pink Flamingos. It's a new beer that is served on rotation, so be sure to give it a try before it's gone! Sloop Brewing is only available in 19 states.
Camp Wannamango – Harpoon Brewery
It's the type of drink that brings you back to sunny days at summer camp, with an aroma of mango, pineapple, and pine. Brewed with a touch of mango purée, a case of Camp Wannamango adds a unique twist to your usual beer selection at your next backyard BBQ—or bonfire!