June is the official start of summer. Summer vacations are being planned, backyard barbecues are being plotted, and a lot of great beers are getting released to help make all those lazy summer days better.
Below are some of the best beers coming out this month, or around this time. And there’s a re-release we just found out about near the end. Happy beer hunting!
SEAFAIR SUMMER ALE — THE PIKE BREWING CO.
On May 31st, Pike Brewing announced the release of their signature Seafair Summer Ale on draft and in bottles. This wheat beer is the perfect companion for a summer day. The malty notes interweave with a nice citrus hit on the taste and some strong florals. The lemon really shines thanks to the Lemondrop hops from Yakima Valley which Pike uses to dry hop the beer. If you’re around Seattle, make sure to check this one out.
HOPTIMUM TRIPLE IPA — SIERRA NEVADA
This year’s release of Hoptimum 2017 Edition is a very, very hoppy beer as usual. The 9.6 percent ABV is hard hitting enough, but the 100 IBUs means this triple IPA’s bitterness is nearly off the charts. That’s thanks to this beer being dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Chinook hops in the fermentation tanks and all those dope hop oils seeping into the brew. There’s a strong citrus undercurrent to the beer, but it’s all about the hops here.
GHOST HAMMER IPA — STONE BREWING
Stone’s Ghost Hammer is a tropical, floral, and citrus delight thanks to the Loral hops. It’s a refreshing IPA that clocks in at a tolerable 6.7 percent ABV and 56 IBU, making this one a crowd-pleaser at every backyard barbecue. Mark your calendars, this one’s released June 5th nationwide.
LAGUNATOR LAGER — LAGUNITAS BREWING CO.
This dunkler bock style is a hard-hitting beer that channels malt over hops. Lagunator comes in at a 7.9 percent ABV that leans towards the malty, spicy, floral, piney, and caramel. It’s well-balanced and deeply complex. The beer is being bottled from May to June this year, so grab some now!
EASY STREET WHEAT — ODELL BREWING CO.
Summer is for drinking wheat beers, and Odell’s Easy Street is one of the better wheats brewed in America (well, Colorado at least). The addition of yeast adds a slight funky citrus edge that accents the smoothness of the malt wonderfully. The session level ABV of 4.6 percent means you can drink these all day long.