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Beer Can Be Seasonal, Too – Try These Six Summer Beer Varieties

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Choosing a beer for any occasion used to be simple – for the most part, Americans were limited to the light lagers and pilsners that were readily available at any corner store, regardless of season. With the eventual rise of imports, diversification of large American breweries, and the influx of smaller craft breweries in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, however, beer has become much more nuanced. In fact, as American tastes became more adventurous, beer brewing – and beer drinking – has taken on a seasonal component once only seen in wines and cocktails. However, there’s no reason choosing the perfect summer beer can’t be simple. Just think of what your taste buds crave during a long, lazy day in the sun, and you’ll be on the right track. If you’re still not sure, consider this list of light, easily drinkable summer beer varieties:

Fruit beers

This category consists of everything from the traditional German radlers (a mix of lemonade or citrus soda and pilsner) to the more diverse British shandies (ale mixed with lemonade) and every watermelon ale and blueberry stout in between. The hottest days of summer are the perfect time to try these easy to drink, often lower-alcohol, beers.

IPAs and pale ales

Pale, hoppy, a little bit bitter, but somehow still refreshing, pale ales and their India pale ale cousins truly come into their own in the summer. IPAs have a stronger hop profile than pale ales, but you can find both in hazy, filtered, and even citrus-centric varieties for summer.

Wheat beers

Many a brauhaus serves its traditional hefeweizen or Belgian wit with a tiny bit of fruit juice (typically banana or orange) at the bottom. American wheat beers are similarly hazy and have a unique bit of spiciness that lend themselves perfectly to an orange or lemon garnish. No matter which you choose, wheat beers of nearly all varieties lend themselves to some refreshing summer drinking.

Saisons

While sometimes marketed as a “sour saison” or similar, not all saison beers are sour. In fact, most are considered dry and pleasantly spicy with pale malts and very subtle hop flavor – and some even contain a hint of cucumber or fruit rind flavoring. Whichever you choose, these tasty brews are perfect for summer drinking.

Blondes

Perhaps the most classic of summer beer styles, blonde ales are lighter, easier-drinking, and more approachable than their darker counterparts. In addition, most blondes are brewed without a focus on citrus, fruit, in-your-face hops, or any of the other complex flavors you’ll find in other summer beers – making them a perfect crowd pleaser for the beach or barbeque.

Lagers and pilsners

Although there are numerous types of easy-drinking summer beers crafted especially for the adventurous crowd, there’s nothing wrong with appreciating a classic American or European lager. These brews are produced at a cold temperature with

fermenting yeast to produce the signature mild flavor. If you need something even lighter, grab a pilsner – a traditional type of lager with a paler color and spicier, more refreshing taste.

At Payless Liquors, we have an extensive selection of summer beers – from craft-brewed fruity varieties to the traditional American lagers you love. Alternatively, change up your summer drinks and ask about our wine and liquor offerings. Call ahead or fill out an online order form to ensure we have your favorite summer beer ready for curbside or in-store pickup.

Coors Light Show Car

Coors Light Show Car Appearance

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May 15 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm

60 Brendon Way, Zionsville, IN 46077

Come see the Coors Light Show Car at Payless Liquors and enjoy a tasting! Now’s the time to stock up for the races.

Upland Brewing

Upland Brewing Co. Tasting

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March 30 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

60 Brendon Way, Zionsville, IN 46077

You’re invited to taste three of Upland Brew Co’s year-round Ales! We will be sampling Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Dragonfly IPA, & Wheat Ale, their Belgium Witbier.

Firestone Walker

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Tasting

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March 30 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

445 South Rangeline Road, Carmel, IN 46032

Beer runs deeper than blood! Come taste three spectacular brews from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We will be sampling Mind Haze, Roasalie, and Firestone Lager!

Firestone Walker

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Tasting

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March 30 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

60 Brendon Way, Zionsville, IN 46277

Beer runs deeper than blood! Come taste three spectacular brews from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We will be sampling Mind Haze, Roasalie, and Firestone Lager!

Upland Brewing

Upland Brewing Co. Tasting

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March 30 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

1317 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260

You’re invited to taste three of Upland Brew Co’s year-round Ales! We will be sampling Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Dragonfly IPA, & Wheat Ale, their Belgium Witbier.

Upland Brewing

Upland Brewing Co. Tasting

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March 16 | 7:00 pm – 8:30pm

1743 East Main Street, Plainfield, IN 46168

You’re invited to taste three of Upland Brew Co’s year-round Ales! We will be sampling Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Dragonfly IPA, & Wheat Ale, their Belgium Witbier.

Sierraveza

Sierraveza & Hazy Little Thing Tasting

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March 16 | 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

14580 River Road, Carmel, IN 46033

Taste Sierra Nevada Sierraveza & Hazy Little Thing IPA at Payless Liquors! Sierraveza is light and easy, and Hazy Little Thing is a hop-heavy unfiltered IPA.

Upland Brewing

Upland Brewing Co. Tasting

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March 14 | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

9606 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46280

You’re invited to taste three of Upland Brew Co’s year-round Ales! We will be sampling Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Dragonfly IPA, & Wheat Ale, their Belgium Witbier.

Firestone Walker

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Tasting

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March 9 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

14580 River Road, Carmel, IN 46033

Beer runs deeper than blood! Come taste three spectacular brews from Firestone Walker Brewing Company. We will be sampling Mind Haze, Roasalie, and Firestone Lager!

November Find-a-Brew

November Find-a-Brew

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November 9 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

14580 River Road, STE 150, Carmel, IN 46033

Are you looking to find the right brew for you? Come in and taste Miller Lite, Blue Moon Belgium White, Blue Moon Mango Wheat, Leinenkugel Pomegranate Shandy, Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter & Peroni!

November Find-a-Brew

November Find-a-Brew

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November 9 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

954 N State Road 135, Greenwood, IN 46142

Are you looking to find the right brew for you? Come in and taste Miller Lite, Blue Moon Belgium White, Blue Moon Mango Wheat, Leinenkugel Pomegranate Shandy, Leinenkugel Snowdrift Vanilla Porter & Peroni!

July Find-a-Brew | Greenwood

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July 21 | 5:45pm – 7:45pm

1266 N Madison Ave. Greenwood, IN 46142

Come see us for samplings of Blue Moon Belgian White, Blue Moon Summer Honey, Pilsner Urquell, Red’s Blueberry and Henry’s Sparkling Flavors. Find the best brew for you!