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Nine Beers No One is Drinking

Nine Beers No One is Drinking

24/7 Wall St. lists the 9 beers Americans aren’t drinking anymore.

24/7 Wall St. recently compiled a list of nine popular beers in the U.S. that have fallen by the wayside, and we were shocked at some of the classics that made the list. With new small-market, specialty beers and light beers from macro brewers rapidly improving in sales over the past few years, many traditional, full-calorie beers are disappearing from the market. Take Budweiser as an example: the full-calorie favorite for many years has recently decreased in sales, falling to third place in domestic sales to Coors Light. Bud Light, its reduced calorie counterpart, outstripped the competition with nearly 40 million barrels sold last year.

To assemble the list, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed beer brands that have attained a decline in sales of 30 percent or more over the past five years. Many regular calorie beers made the list, but we also saw several light beers faded from the competition, thanks to beers like Coors Light and Bud Light. Analysts blame both the economy and lack of innovation from the brewers. With new specialty beers hitting the market, 24/7 Wall St. editor Eric Shepard explained, “It was... a lack of innovation, and so now you’re seeing [the beer industry] rev up these things.”

Unfortunately, these beers didn’t make the cut:

9. Milwaukee’s Best Light; sales loss of 35.5 percent
8. Miller High Life Light; sales loss of 37.6 percent
7. Amstel Light; sales loss of 47.7 percent
6. Miller Genuine Draft; sales loss of 52.3 percent
5. Old Milwaukee; sales loss of 52.8 percent
4. Milwaukee’s Best; sales loss of 57.1 percent
3. Budweiser Select; sales loss of 60.8 percent
2. Michelob Light; sales loss of 66.3 percent
1. Michelob; sales loss of 72 percent

Did your favorite beer make the cut? Were you surprised by what you saw? We know we were.


Doing Dry January? 15 of the best alcohol-free and low alcohol drinks to get you through lockdown 3

Lockdown 3 might have halted your "new year, new me" plans and your resolve to stick to Dry January is probably already wavering. There's good news, however, because the alcohol-free and low alcohol drink market has never been better.

There are dozens of amazing options available if you're keen to sip on a cold beverage without the hangover blues, adverse side effects and extra calories. So if Boris Johnson plunging the nation into lockdown (again) has got you reaching for a bottle of wine, think again.

According to a new study by Alcohol Change UK, over 6.5million are taking part in Dry January this year, 2.6million more than last year. Why not join them? Read on to discover the health benefits of ditching the booze and some of the best drinks around, from low-alcohol beer to alcohol-free wine, not to mention delicious mocktails.

Ditch the booze for Dry January with these zero and low-alcohol alternatives


14 Low-Carb Beers That Won't Derail Your Keto Diet

Beers that are low in calories, carbs, and alcohol are having a serious moment. Chalk it up to the keto movement or the fact that beach bod season is right around the corner. Here are 15 super low-carb beers that won't totally derail your diet.

Carbs: 2 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 90

This very low-carb ale from Devils Backbone is where a beer and a spritz meet. It&rsquos very light and bubbly with a burst of citrus&mdashyou can practically feel yourself saying &ldquoaaah&rdquo after a long sip now.

Carbs: 2.6 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 90

Corona Premier is a classic choice that goes hand-in-hand with beach days. It&rsquos only fitting that such a perfect seaside brew won&rsquot hurt your beach bod ambitions. All you need to add is a lime.

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Carbs: 2.6 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 95

You know about Michelob Ultra: It's super low-cal, low-carb approach is what's been inspiring other breweries to lighten up their own beers. Have you actually tried it, though? It&rsquos an easy-to-find, easy-to-drink option that&rsquos perfect for whiling away the afternoon. Plus, there a number of unique riffs on the original, like lime cactus, that have only a few more carbs.

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Carbs: 3 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 98

IPA fans, don&rsquot despair. The extra hoppy style usually comes with higher calorie and carb counts, but Lagunitas has you covered. The DayTime IPA has all of the aroma and flavor of a heavy-hitter IPA, but it&rsquos lower in alcohol and all the health-sabotaging stuff. Plus its classic IPA bitterness is balanced by a smooth, refreshing quality.

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Carbs: 3.1 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 95

Shiner ups the flavor ante on the timeless lager with its Ruby Redbird, which has a kick of grapefruit. This beer is easy-drinking but full of tart, fruity flavor. It&rsquos especially rewarding on a hot day.

Carbs: 3.6 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 95

Dogfish Head is a master of unique flavors and hoppy IPAs, so if anyone&rsquos going to make a diet-friendly beer that doesn&rsquot taste diet-friendly, it&rsquos them. The Slightly Mighty is a little bitter, a little sweet, and overall refreshing with a tropical twist&mdashall without scary calorie or carb counts.

Carbs: 3.9 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 140

The brut IPA trend swings the style&rsquos pendulum from boozy and hazy to crisp and dry, and the result is the best of both worlds if you love beer and champagne. Ommegang&rsquos take is light in all the right ways they&rsquore not skimping on flavor or aroma, yet they&rsquove managed to keep carbs and calories in check.

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Carbs: 4 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 99

Pop open a bottle of this Kahana Blonde for a little taste of Hawaii. It's low calories, carbs, and ABV team up with its flavor&mdashlight, bright and smooth with some tropical juiciness from real mango&mdashto create a carefree vibe.

Carbs: 4.2 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 99

Deschutes has subtly updated the quintessential pilsner with a little extra bubbliness, a little extra citrus, and a little extra toastiness. Da Shootz! is the perfect amount of complex and very sessionable, meaning you can enjoy a few with friends.

Carbs: 4.8 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 183

Allagash Brewing Co. is known for its expert rendition of the saison. A saison is a Belgian beer style known for being very carbonated and crisp, with a subtle hop and notes of citrus and pepper from the yeast. This all translates to a lot of flavor and, in Allagash&rsquos case, not a lot of calories or carbs.

Carbs: 5 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 150

BrewDog&rsquos Vagabond balances a little bitterness (classic for the style) with the caramel sweetness of its malt plus some tropical fruit flavors and a burst of hoppiness. In addition to its low carb and calorie counts, this pale ale is gluten-free.

Carbs: 5 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 152

For another take on the trendy brut IPA style, look to Four Peaks. This version mimics extra-dry champagne and does so with lots of fruity flavors like mixed berries and melon. The overall finish is like a crisp white wine with a hoppy slant.

Carbs: 5.85 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 99

This ale from Lakefront Brewery deserves a spot in your rotation thanks to its unique flavor. It&rsquos a super light and easy-drinking beer brewed with green and oolong teas plus Lemondrop hops. All that gives it a complex range of fragrant aroma and flavor notes.

Carbs: 10 grams

Calories per 12 oz.: 120

While Harpoon&rsquos Rec. League clocks in at 10 grams of carbohydrates, it&rsquos worth adding to your health-conscious beer repertoire because of all its other benefits. Consider this: It's low in calories, low in alcohol, and a deliciously refreshing, hoppy and hazy pale ale. There's more: Rec. League is made with buckwheat kasha for vitamin B and minerals, chia seeds for fiber and antioxidants, and Mediterranean sea salt for electrolytes, making this beer great for kicking back after a workout.


Reasons For Drinking Low Alcoholic Beer

People who are recovering from alcohol use disorders may choose to consume non-alcoholic beer for a number of reasons. Some of these psychological and social reasons may include:

  • Even if someone is going through recovery for alcohol use disorder, they may still enjoy the fermented taste of beer. Non-alcoholic beer seems to offer a safe way to indulge in this taste.
  • The person may feel more comfortable while at social situations in bars if they are drinking a non-alcoholic beer. For one, this may help them avoid the awkward situation of having to explain why they aren’t indulging in alcohol. Their associates may just assume they are drinking a regular beer.
  • Most bars only offer soft drinks, such as sweet sodas, as the only non-alcoholic option other than NA beer. Many people don’t want to consume sugary drinks very frequently as they can present their own health risks.
  • Non-alcoholic beer is often very high in caloric content, up to 200 kcal per bottle. This is an even higher calorie content than many full alcohol beers. Consuming high calorie beverages with frequency can lead to issues with obesity and other physical issues.
  • Even if the beer doesn’t contain alcohol, it can give the user the psychological comfort that regular beer used to provide.
  • Some people may experience a placebo or psychosomatic effect from non-alcoholic beer. It’s possible that they start to feel like they’re consuming the real thing.

Lagunitas Now Brews Newcastle Brown Ale — How’s it Taste?

Fans of Newcastle Brown Ale will notice a new flavor.

That’s because production has moved from the Netherlands to the U.S., where Chicago’s Lagunitas Brewery will now make the beer under a new recipe . Both brands are owned by Heineken , which made the switch as part of the U.S. relaunch of Newcastle Brown Ale.

Heineken recently showed off the new flavor during a Lagunitas tour for distributors, retailers and media. We attended to sample the new recipe (and check out the Willy Wonka-does-beer experience that is Lagunitas).

Newcastle Brown Ale definitely tastes different. For starters, it’s less sweet.

Drinkers familiar with Lagunitas will likely think one word for this brewery: hoppy. It’s well known for bitter beers. So we wondered whether Newcastle Brown Ale might become much more bitter. After all, the new recipe includes classic Lagunitas hops: Centennial and Chinook.

But the end result is not extremely bitter. It’s perfectly balanced: roasted-malt caramel flavor with a subtle bitter backbone, more so than the old recipe. Lagunitas did add 8-10 more IBUs, but they blend in rather than stick out.

Newcastle Brown Ale has gotten a new flavor — and a new look.

Newcastle Brown Ale is also now an all-malt beer, made with Lagunitas house malt. Some fans may decry that this U.K. classic has become completely Americanized. To the contrary, Lagunitas Master Brewer Jeremy Marshal pointed out that the Chicago brewery uses a British-style house yeast.

He did not want to deviate far from what has worked for Newcastle Brown Ale. “We’re known for our super-hoppy beers, our barrel-aged specialties and other crazy brews, so the temptation was there,” Marshal said. “But this is not a beer you want to get that cute with. We said, ‘Let’s keep the soul intact’.”

The ABV remains the same (4.7%), as does the color.

Newcastle Brown Ale’s packaging received a modernized update. U.S. sales of the brand have slipped in recent years, prompting this rejiggering, and now it’s only available in 12-oz. bottles in packs of 6, 12 and 24, and 7.75-gallon slim steel kegs. When sales improve, the brand may consider extensions.

Bottles of the new flavor ship in March. Supporting marketing includes social media engagements, plus new POS and on-premise materials. The target demo is consumers who want accessible craft beer, rather than crazier styles.

Now a word on the Lagunitas Brewery tour. You enter through a long, black-lit, psychedelic hallway while Willy Wonka’s “ Pure Imagination ” plays on loop. Lagunitas has a pro-cannabis stance, and the eclectic, trippy décor does not disappoint. Nor does the beer-geek part, including a 500-barrel German-made brew system that looks like the massive gleaming engines of the Starship Enterprise.

The 500-barrel German-made brew system at Lagunitas.

The 300,000-square-foot brewery once contained sound stages for movies (which are still filmed next door), including the Dark Knight scene where Joker burns a mountain of money .

Which is all to say: if you’re a beer nut, make the pilgrimage to Lagunitas.


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Don't worry about it. Having a good time will probably end up outweighing the negative effect of excessive alcohol consumption this "one time" - which will only influence you for like a day, anyway.
Get back on the horse tomorrow and you'll be fine.

Just don't make too much of a habit out of this.

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Don't worry about it. Having a good time will probably end up outweighing the negative effect of excessive alcohol consumption this "one time" - which will only influence you for like a day, anyway.
Get back on the horse tomorrow and you'll be fine.

Just don't make too much of a habit out of this.

so an extra 1450 calories, half of it being carbs.

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Starting weight - 389lbs 13/12/2011
Goal: 185 Lbs at 12% bf

so an extra 1450 calories, half of it being carbs.

hahahah loving the sarcasm!

*** by the way, its light beer so 100 cals a pop and dont know how many carbs lol

so an extra 1450 calories, half of it being carbs.

"Whoa, peanut-butter does look a lot like Cum." - Alan Aragon

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Get maggot brah, one night does not matter.

Inb4 pussies whinging about beer carbs.

Get maggot brah, one night does not matter.

Inb4 pussies whinging about beer carbs.

Unsure why you said you're tempted to eat carbs then

Please tell me you aren't out and on your phone posting..

I was always told not to worry about one night just make sure you don't get carried away and do it every night.

I'm going on vacation soon and I know i'll be drinking and going out a lot but i haven't partied in a few months so i'm not to worried about it. I'll come home and just work harder for the following week. Adding more cardio when I can lift anymore to bring my weight down again.

My questions out of curiousity is does anyone know if it matters what liquor you have? Everyone knows that beer is heavy in carbs but what about vodka, whiskey, rum and other drinks? Does anyone know if one has significantly more or less carbs?


‘It means I don’t have to drink sweet drinks’

An alcoholic, I gave up drinking entirely almost exactly two years ago. I still like a drink in the evening but was worried non-alcoholic beers would just whet my appetite so I’ve only recently (about six weeks ago) allowed myself to drink them, and find I enjoy them without the threat of reverting to alcohol. What I particularly like is that they mean I don’t have to drink sweet drinks (the alternative for me is a mixture of fruit juice and sparkling water), and in fact drink less during an evening. Rick Johnson, 70, retired solicitor, Lancaster


Haymaking beer

So now it’s time to disclose the secrets of one of those lost Dutch beers. I’ll start with a simple one: an early Dutch homebrew. After all, it aren’t always professional brewers that make beer. Every day many amateurs make their own. And this is of all ages: before the Second World War there was plenty of homemade beer in Holland too. Where? At the farm!

Around the world, haymaking is a busy time. And it especially was before mechanisation: for weeks the farmer and his workers would be mowing grass with their scythes. Grass that was then put on carts and transported to the farm by horses, where it would serve as fodder in winter time. In straw hats, waving their scythes, the mowers did a sweaty and thirsty job. The kind of job that would make you long for a beer.

It is an international phenomenon. In 1878, three British farm workers made the newspaper because they harvested hay without drinking beer.[1] In 19th century Holland, beer sellers would heavily advertise their ‘haymaking beer’ during the season. Even Heineken made it.[2] Unlike for other lost beers, no labels for haymaking beer have been preserved, but this is easily explained: it was only sold in casks. Farmers would buy entire vats, because the drinking went fast during haymaking…

Haymaking beer (Dutch: hooibouwbier) wasn’t therefore the most sophisticated of beers: it is described as a weak, opaque top-fermented beer, whose main purpose was to quench thirst. It’s arguable that for many breweries, haymaking beer was just a watered down version of their normal beer. Here is a recipe for 155 litres of haymaking beer as described by a Dutch brewer’s manual called De praktische bierbouwer (‘The practical beer brewer’) from 1866:[3]

22 pounds of brown malt, a pound of Flemish hops, 1/3 of evaporation, pitching yeast 250 grams per tun (155 litres) at 12 degrees Celsius. Top fermentation.

A beer made this way would contain just 2% ABV though it would be nice and hoppy at 39 IBU. Just the sort of thing you’d need after hours of hard labour in an unforgiving sun – but it’s not exactly a trappist triple. By the way, if you want to recreate this recipe, take dark Munich malt for the ‘brown malt’ mentioned here – the British brown malt that is sold nowadays is way to dark and it’s not a base malt.

But wait, the story is not finished. The best Dutch haymaking beer was not the one sold by the country’s big brewers. No, it was the one made by the farmer’s wife! Made by a woman who really had a knack for it, this home-made haymaking beer would have been excellent, or at least I like to believe so. But alas – with the advent of the harvest machine, the agricultural crisis of the 1930s and of course the beer consumers’ changing taste, Dutch haymaking beer vanished somewhere in between the two World Wars. On top of that, homebrewing became illegal: various Dutch farmers were fined in the 1920s and 1930s for supplying their workers with self-made beer. Another Dutch beer style was lost. I wish I could have asked my great-grandmother, who was such a farmer’s wife.

However, in 1939 a Dutch local newspaper, the Schoonhovensche courant from the Gouda area, published such a homebrew recipe! Let’s quote this one in full:[4]

In order to make 15 to 20 litres of beer, one needs: 10 cents of hop, 10 cents of liquorice powder, 1 pound of barley, 1 1/2 pound of dark brown sugar, 1 cent of yeast.

Around 20 litres of water is brought to a boil. As soon as the water is boiling, one lets the barley boil for 10 minutes. After that, 2/3 of the hops is added to the brew and it is let to boil for another 20 minutes. The barley should not become too cooked, because one will get to much sediment.

Then, the brew is taken from the fire, after which it is seaved and the brown sugar and the liquorice powder are added, and the brew is stirred well. As soon as the brew is cold the yeast, which has been made into a little mush with some liquid from the beer, is added and stirred well into it.

After this, the brew is poured into bottles, which should not be too full, and should be well closed immediately.


Pro Ordering Tips for Lower-Calorie Cocktails

Cheers to clears. Always opt for "clears" like wine, champagne, beer, or hard alcohol on the rocks or with soda whenever possible.

Make it top shelf: Choose a premium spirit and sip it slowly on the rocks. You&rsquoll savor the flavor, but since it&rsquos too powerful (and expensive) to chug, you&rsquore more likely to nurse your drink over the course of a party rather than throwing back sugary cocktails.

Avoid juice, mixers, energy drinks, tonic, and sugary sodas. They can dehydrate you and potentially worsen a hangover. Try adding flavored seltzer instead.

Keep it fresh. Freshly squeezed citrus (like lime juice) is great, and cocktail-friendly fruits like pomegranate seeds get in more antioxidants and flavor, making it a win all around.

Ask the bartender if a fruit or spice flavor in your drink is fresh or from a syrup. You can always ask for "less" or "a drop of" instead of going all-in on a sugary syrup, or see if you can order that drink with an alternative, like herbs or fresh ginger.

DIY your favorites. Skip piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris when you're out. (A vodka soda plus strawberries is a delicious summery alternative.) When you&rsquore making your own at home, it&rsquos easier to control the sugar content. Use fresh fruit, ice, spirits, and/or wine.

Stay hydrated.Definitely have one glass of water for every drink you have, but also make sure you&rsquore hydrating the day of your event so that you&rsquore not going in at a deficit. For a healthier, happier pregame: Get a minimum of 10 cups and add another two if you&rsquore losing sweat to exercise.


Here Are The 15 Beers To Drink This Summer

The general beer-drinking rule of thumb for the hotter, more humid summer months has typically gone as follows: The beer must be lighter in color, lighter in mouthfeel, lighter in alcohol and, consequently, lighter in taste. But we’re here to tell you that this does not have to be the case. While no one really wants to settle into a room-temperature, molasses-thick porter — one with hints of allspice and coffee — when the mercury pushes 90, no craft-beer drinker really wants something watered down. We have a solution with these 15 fantastic ales and lagers that are not as heavy as those traditional autumn and winter warmers but are hardly weak placeholders for them, either.

Ballast Point Brewing | Grapefruit Sculpin
San Diego-based Ballast Point started as a home-brew store, and the original Sculpin IPA started as a home-brew recipe. This spin on that phenomenally popular recipe includes a massive amount of grapefruit, which only accentuates the original’s fruitiness from the copious amounts of hops (the types of which appear to be a closely guarded secret). As the brewery notes, grapefruit may be a winter fruit, but this beer tastes like summer.

Brooklyn Brewery | Brooklyn Summer Ale
Many of the bigger craft breweries have some iteration of the more-marketing-than-real-style “summer ale,” and for the most part, they’re all terrible — sugary-sweet beer for people who don’t like beer. Brooklyn Brewery’s Summer Ale is the exception. It’s not too bitter, yet not too sweet — with a strong, citrusy finish from Cascade, Fuggle and Amarillo hops, as well as the German Perle hop, which is starting to turn up more often in American beer.

D.L. Geary Brewing | Geary’s IPA
In an era when India pale ale often equals ridiculously hoppy (for the sake of being ridiculously hoppy), D.L. Geary’s version is refreshingly approachable. It still has a bitter bite, thanks to the Cascade, Fuggle, Golding and Mt. Hood hops, but it’s not so in-your-face. This is unsurprising given that Maine’s D.L. Geary Brewing, the oldest craft brewery east of the Rockies, with roots stretching back to 1983, has become justly famous for its milder English-style ales. Try the Hampshire Special Ale if you ever get a chance it’s what American craft beer might’ve become known for if the West Coast IPAs hadn’t stormed the palatal citadel.

Brooklyn Summer Ale: Not too bitter, but not too sweet.

Anchor Brewing | Anchor Summer Wheat
Initially released in 1984, this wheat beer was the first domestically made one in modern times. It comes courtesy of the oldest American craft brewery, the modern iteration of which stretches back 50 summers now to August 1965, when appliance heir Fritz Maytag saved it from going out of business. Eminently drinkable, Anchor Summer Wheat leans less on its main grain and more on the Cascade, Golding and Simcoe hops that give it a lemony aroma and taste.

Lagunitas Brewing | Lagunitas PILS
Just over 20 years ago, Lagunitas Brewing Co. became the first U.S. craft brewery to lead with an IPA as its flagship beer. Ever since, its beers have hewed hoppier and stronger. Lagunitas PILS is no exception. It’s a lager labeled as being in the Czech pilsner style, but with Petaluma, California-based Lagunitas, you never get exactly what you buy — and that’s a good thing. This particular pilsner is crammed with Saaz hops, a traditional bittering agent for the style, giving it a heavier mouthfeel than the typical pilsner. Plus, at 6 percent ABV, it’s a little bit stronger, too. This is the lager for ale drinkers who don’t like lagers.

Brewery Ommegang | Fleur de Houblon
This Belgian pale ale offering from the upstate New York brewery controlled by the family-owned Duvel Moortgart of Flanders tastes and smells exactly as its name implies: like hop flowers. In fact, you will get an entire bouquet of summery buds in general in the nose. Although exceedingly dry and mild, the Bravo hops give it a full, hearty mouthfeel plus, it’s deceptively strong, at nearly 7 percent alcohol by volume. Enjoy that, too.

Full Sail Brewing | Session Premium Lager
In the mid-1980s, the Hood River operation was the first craft brewery in Oregon to bottle its beers — no small feat given that state’s Valhalla reputation in the genre. One of Full Sail’s most popular regulars is the full-bodied, crisp Session Premium Lager in the stumpy bottle with the classic-looking red label. The beer recently won a New York Times tasting of 20 American lagers, in fact. At barely 5 percent ABV, too, Session Premium was session beer way before the term caught on.

Saint Arnold Brewing | Fancy Lawnmower
Introduced 16 summers ago now by Texas’s oldest craft brewery, Houston-based St. Arnold’s Fancy Lawnmower is exactly what it sounds like: an easy-sipping beer for the hotter months. Done in the straw-colored, mildly bitter German ale style known as Kolsch, Lawnmower gets its lingering floral aroma from a single hop — Hallertau out of, not surprisingly, Germany. The beer is smooth and slightly sweet, similar to a top-notch pale ale. Also, while it’s made partly with wheat malts, it is not a wheat beer.

Coney Island Brewing | Seas the Day IPL
Boston Beer Co., makers of Samuel Adams and the biggest craft brewery in the U.S., now controls the Coney Island brands, including Seas the Day. So if this is as drinkable as the iconic Samuel Adams Boston Lager, don’t be surprised. Crammed full of Galena, Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops, Seas the Day India pale lager does not taste all that sharp — bitter, yes, but not super-bitter like its India pale ale cousins. It’s one of the best examples of the relatively new IPL style.

Lost Coast Brewery| Tangerine Wheat Ale
Tangerine? Tangerine. Eureka, California’s Lost Coast Brewing, which turns 25 years old in 2015 and which, frustratingly enough, remains one of only a handful of craft breweries started by women, makes an infused beer that doesn’t overwhelm the palate with fruit. Even with the tangerine flavor added, Tangerine Wheat Ale is more wheat than tangerine, taste-wise. Perle hops provide the finishing aromatic touches.

Founders Brewing | All Day IPA
Probably the only thing keeping session beers — those lower-alcohol ales and lagers that came into vogue a few years back — from really breaking out is that many of them taste like watered-down versions of their styles. Founders All Day IPA is not that. The beer actually tastes like a less-bitter version of the Grand Rapids, Michigan, brewery’s Centennial IPA. Indeed, at 42 international bittering units (out of 100), it’s bitterer than most session ales available yet still goes down crisply.

Sierra Nevada’s smooth Kellerweis is a departure from the brewer’s classic bitter style.

Smuttynose Brewing | Farmhouse Ale
The origins of the farmhouse ale or saison style vary — and there’s a debate as to whether it’s a style at all — but what we do know is that the beers, with their hints of citrus fruit and banana, originated in the hop-growing belt from northeastern France through northern Belgium. Smuttynose, a brewery based in coastal New Hampshire and founded by an ex-Brooklyn schoolteacher (and Manhattan doorman) in the mid-1990s, is a solid representation of the style. It’s mild and slightly sweet, with only a fleeting bit of bitterness on the end. Moreover, the recipe can vary from year to year. In 2014, it included a dash of pineapple sage.

Jack’s Abby Brewing | Hoponius Union
Three brothers started Jack’s Abby in the eastern Massachusetts city of Framingham with the somewhat fatalistic business plan of hanging their shingle on craft lagers rather than on regnant craft ales. The gamble seems to have worked: Four years later, Jack’s Abby turns out consistently interesting lagers that are finding wider and wider distribution. Hoponius Union is an excellent example and perfect for the summer. Though its citrusy bitterness is reminiscent of the best West Coast-style IPAs, it is, in fact, an IPL, which gives it a lighter mouthfeel and makes it all the more drinkable.

Left Hand Brewing | Introvert Session IPA
Left Hand Brewing Co.’s Introvert Session IPA is, as of late April, a berry-licious addition to the growing phalanx of stronger-tasting, though not necessarily stronger-in-alcohol session beers. It’s 4.8 percent ABV and does taste strongly of sweeter citrus (the tasting notes from the 21-year-old Longmont, Colorado-based brewery itself cite tropical papaya and kiwi). It finishes in a bitterly refreshing way. This is the session IPA for the summer.

Sierra Nevada Brewing | Kellerweis
This cloudy, orange-hewed wheat beer comes from one of the most influential breweries, craft or otherwise, to launch in the last 40-odd years: Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada. Its Kellerweis is a traditional wheat beer crafted in open fermentation vessels, and with Perle and Sterling hops for bittering. The haze you see when pouring comes from the Hefeweizen ale yeast, and the aroma is all bananas and cloves. This puppy goes down exceedingly smoothly and has been a welcome — and popular — departure for the brewery that all but invented the ultrabitter West Coast style.