CraftShack's Top Craft Beers of Summer

Summer is a thirsty season tailor-made for enjoying a fresh brew. Delicious, nutritious and refreshing, beer is a 100 percent natural way to unwind after a long, hot day.

From wheat and fruit beers to summer ales and brisk lagers, the flavor possibilities are endless- break out of the mass-market mold! Check out CraftShack's Top 12 Summer Beers, and follow the simple steps to buy our finest selection of craft beer available for delivery to your doorstep.

1) 21st Hell or High Watermelon:

Watermelon is a summer staple, and this American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon for a flavor that's surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing - summer in a can. Being that this is a canned beer, you can take it literally anywhere as cans can go where glass is banned - pools, rivers, beaches, boats, golf courses, stadiums & parks!

2) Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale:

Lagunitas CitruSinensis Pale Ale is part of Lagunitas' OneHitter 2015 Series. They’re unique, strange, highly limited, and brand-new Lagunitas one-offs that welcome you into their curious little world.

The brewery took fresh Sanguinello blood oranges, concentrated the juice, and added it to a “wheatier” edition of Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale. The result is a refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!

3) Avery Liliko'i Kepolo Passionfruit Witbier

Luscious, juicy. tart and like no other! Adding a tropical island flair to a spicy traditional witbier. Liliko’i Kepolo erupts with monumental passionfruit aroma and acidity along with a sublimely succulent finish.

This is one of the more exotic witbiers ever, and it works quite well. A poolside party with a few of these is guaranteed to get luau'ed! Like a tropical barley-wheat cocktail, this drink was made for the sun. Plus, the name translates to “passionfruit demon"!

4) Port Summer Ale:

A massively hoppy West Coast-style pale that's very cloudy when it pours and is brewed without Crystal malt, so the Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo, and Simcoe hops really shine. The citrus hop profile is crisp and balanced, so we think it is perfect for the Summer season.

This is a great alternative for those who enjoy a bolder, more flavorful summer beer- Big citrus, sweet bready malts, a bit of mango, and a nice lingering crispness/bitterness on the finish that makes it so refreshing.

5) Ballast Point Grunion:

This pale ale from San Diego won gold at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, but not for an over-the-top bitterness. Rather, it brings a floral and tropical hop character over a dry drinkable body so that you have the flavor of an IPA, but with the bitterness and feel of a session-friendly pale ale.

Grunion APA is hoppy, reminiscent of those fish who flip up onto the shore, and makes great use of new American Mosaic and Calypso hops which are punchy with aromas of summer salad fruits, sweet ripe melon and pineapple, mango and soft citrus grapefruit with basil, cherry blossoms and spruce. This beer can easily be enjoyed on a nice summer day near the beach.

6) Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin:

Sculpin India Pale Ale, made by San Diego brewery Ballast Point, is widely considered one of the finest IPAs on the market. Grapefruit Sculpin stays bright and tangy and amounts to one of the most refreshing and approachable 7 percent alcohol beers ever!

This beer takes one of an IPA's greatest attributes — the intersection of bitterness and citrus — and amplifies it generously. It's little wonder that Grapefruit Sculpin has become the talk of the beer world.

7) Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale:

Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s Mosaic Session Ale is taking the beer world by storm! Mosaic is the latest release in the company’s hop-inspired Coastal Reserve Series and showcases the newly developed Mosaic hop, known for its intensely citrusy and vibrant tropical flavor and aroma.

Mosaic Session is bursting with grapefruit aroma and citrus and tropical fruit flavors. Their dry-hopping technique delivers a low ABV beer without sacrificing hop appeal. Try one, two, three or four and enjoy your summer session!

8) SanTan Mr. Pineapple Wheat:

Just in time for summer activities and events, SanTan Brewing Company’s most popular seasonal Mr. Pineapple Wheat Ale is back. Winner of the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, Mr. Pineapple is a refreshing and fruity traditional German Wheat Ale using two-row, white wheat, caramel and Munich malt.

Fresh pineapple is added during the primary fermentation then crushed and cooled to allow the natural flavors to infuse the beer. Nothing goes better with summertime fun than an ice cold can of SanTan Brewing Company’s award winning Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer.

9) Boulevard Pop-Up Session IPA

Pop-Up IPA is a very light-bodied, drinkable beer, well-made and achieving pretty much exactly what it sets out to do—with the exception of reminding any drinker of an actual IPA. Call this beer what it is, a pale ale, and enjoy it.

This is a very interesting interpretation of the IPA by Boulevard Brewing Co., definitely one to sip on for the summer time!

10) Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale:

Summer has its own rules. As luck would have it, it also has its own beer. This clever golden-hued ale pours remarkably crisp and clean. A distinctive malt body complements a refreshing hop profile led by a heady dose of bold Amarillo hops. A lighter, yet full-flavored, aromatic Ale for the long days of summer.

Twilight’s solid malt foundation pairs with distinctive Amarillo hops for flavors every bit as intriguing as bigger, heavier ales. A back porch wonder for watching the sunset, the epitome of summertime drinking.

11) AleSmith YuleSmith Summer Double IPA:

Every year we anxiously await the warmer months for this Double IPA to be released- the summer edition of YuleSmith seasonals. The flavor imparts orange, grapefruit, and tangerine hop notes with earthy, spicy, and resinous pine undertones. A sturdy malt backbone balances out the profound hop bitterness to create a refreshingly assertive and vibrant beer that offers an unapologetically bold expression of fresh American hops.

During the summer, YuleSmith is transformed into a big, hoppy, Double IPA. The enormous load of hops requires a substantial malt background to create just the right balance for a Double IPA. Lighter in color, summer YuleSmith is available around the 4th of July and is packaged in a red, white, and blue bottle.

12) Not Your Father's Root Beer

At 10% ABV, the silky, smooth and satisfying finish is unmatched in flavor. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don’t typically drink beer but crave something unique. It tastes so comprehensively root beer-y that it’s hard to review as an actual craft beer.

It opens with a strong vanilla aroma, along with some ginger and cinnamon and no hint of alcohol. You can use it for more summertime fun as well- Not Your Father’s would also make an excellent base for a root beer float or marinade for the summer-time grill season.

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