Behold our summer motto: outdoor days are made better with cold beer.
When the dog days return, we kick back and relax on the patio or pack our bags for an outdoor trip. From hiking to river floating to lake days to beach extravaganzas, the season’s adventures are endless. And it’s inevitable that the sun, salt, or sweaty trek up the mountain will make you work up a mighty good thirst too. Heck, even working on a tan will spark a craving for a cold beer!
So before you start dumping ice in the cooler for a day on the lake or sitting in the sand, you’ll want summer beers that are easy sippers, thirst-quenching, and of course, deliciously refreshing. Below, we’ll take you through a roundup of our favorites to keep you rockin’ and rollin’ all summer long.
Which Beer is Best for Summer?
Standing in the grocery store, scanning beer style after beer style, you may find yourself paralyzed with the decision of what summery beer to choose. What’s going to be light enough? Flavorful enough? Beachy enough?
Frankly, there really isn’t a wrong answer here. A summer beer can be just about any style, as long as the flavor is crisp, refreshing, and, most importantly, keeps you happy. They range anywhere from light and fruity to hoppy and complex, but in our opinion, the 10/10 summer beer is always the one you find yourself going back to over and over.
We have a few light and crisp contenders to please the beach bums in the room, and for those of you who prefer your patio pounders with a little more kick, we’ve got some beers up our sleeve for you too.
Our Top 5 Summer Beer Picks for 2023
Warning: You may never come back inside. Get ready for some crushable summer beers.
#1. Mountain Water
Pack up the cooler and enjoy the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains or the waves.
Made with adventuring in mind, Mountain Water is the beer to share with your seltzer friends, and this fan-favorite now comes in three mouth-watering flavors: Pomegranate Peach, Tropical Wave, and Citrus Splash. It’ll rock with any adventure you want to throw at it.
#2. Mountain Wheat
If you like light wheat beers, you’ll want to stock your fridge with this one. Mountain Wheat is a crisp and refreshing wheat beer fit for any occasion or summer adventure. Bright and crushable with notes of lemon shandy and citrus from lemon peel and coriander, this is the perfect light-bodied beer to drink outdoors and share with friends.
#3. Leisure Time Lager
Chillax with a smooth, crisp and refreshing American craft lager brewed patiently with 100% barley. Leisure Time Lager is the official beer of relaxation and perfect for summertime vibes.
#4. Margarita Sour
Floatin’ on sunshine! This refreshing seasonal sour beer is spiked with lemon-lime goodness and balanced by the perfect amount of Celtic Sea Salt, making it the ideal beverage to pair with good times and good friends this summer.
#5. Lo-Pitch Hazy IPA
Clocking in at 5.5% ABV, this easy-drinking hazy IPA packs a bright citrus hop punch without all the bitterness. Juicy American hops and a light malt bill make Lo-Pitch the perfect pairing for any summertime adventure — sandy shores, mountain tops, backyard hangs, you name it.
Come Grab a Brew at One of Hi-Wire Brewing’s Taprooms!
Wherever your summer adventures take you, we hope you’ll come by and enjoy some of these summer beers with us. Visit our taprooms page to see our locations and what’s pouring near you!
Curious where you can find our beer? Check out our beer finder here.