2018 Summer Craft Beers: IPAs, Lagers, Fruit Beers and More

“2018 summer craft beers are already hitting taps and store shelves. While lagers and session ales are leading summer beer styles due to their lower alcohol and easy-on-the-palate flavors, craft brewers continue to create new IPAs and fruited beers of all types to quench whatever thirst you have. asked small and independent U.S. craft brewers to tell us about the summer beers they’re most excited to release this year. Here’s what they told us.

Summer 2018 Wild and Sour Ales & Fruit Beers

Blueberry Capitol | English Pale Ale | Tomfoolery Brewing | Hammonton, NJ

Hammonton, New Jersey, is the “Blueberry Capital of the World”! The Jersey-fresh blueberries we use are grown just a few miles from the brewery and are literally just picked when we add them to the beer. Our Blueberry Capitol beer is a dry English-style pale ale with a mild blueberry/vanilla flavor, and will always be a seasonal beer since we only use ultra-fresh berries.

Key Lime Tau | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project | Denver

Key Lime Tau is the key lime pie inspired ale brewed on each side of the Atlantic in collaboration with Hawkshead Brewing in the UK. It’s a golden ale aged in oak with fresh lime peel, lemongrass, and lactose. Tau () is the symbol for a mathematical constant superior to 2*Pi (2π).

Peach Beerllini Radler | Lefthand Brewing Co. |Longmont, CO

Peach Beerllini Radler is light, bubbly, and refreshing — which is exactly what you want all summer long. Each can of Peach Beerllini Radler contains roughly a half a peach worth of peach! The haze you see in the beer is from naturally occurring pectin in the peaches. The aroma on the beer is literally all peaches. The taste again is all about the peaches, finishing slightly sweet from the sugars in the peaches, but definitely not cloying. It will leave you wanting another sip. Trust us, you’ll want another sip. And another.

Strawberry Ginger Gose | Mother’s Brewing Co. | Springfield, MO

Madie is our environmentally minded employee, starting an office compost and recycling programs. She’s started bringing in her homemade kombucha and it inspired our head brewer. Inspired by Madie’s homebrewed kombucha, this gose is kettle-soured with salt, spices, and black tea. We then add fresh ginger and strawberry puree for a secondary fermentation. Perfect for putting on a sunny disposition, just like our Madie.

Weekend @ Louie’s | MKE Brewing | Milwaukee, WI

Infused with Rishi Organic Blueberry Rooibos and hibiscus tea, this summer sessionable beer, Louie’s Demise, has a blueberry and strawberry nose with a slightly malty aspect. Hints of caramel and Munich malts come out as the beer warms. The flavors are subtle with the hibiscus at the forefront of the pallet. The tea blends a smooth but tart finish to this beer.

More Summer Sour Ales & Fruit Beers

  • Blueberry Cream Ale | Cream Ale | Garage Brewing Co | Temecula, CA
  • The Bog | Cranberry Shandy | Cape May Brewing | Cape May, NJ
  • Grapefruit Gose | Fruited Gose | Grand Teton Brewing | Victor, ID
  • Summa’ Time Lime | Lager | Full Sail Brewing | Hood River, OR
  • Roadie Grapefruit Radler | Great Diving Brewing Co. | Denver…”

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