There are few hot weather activities better than a day at the beach. Feet in the sand, ice-cold beer in hand, and nothing else planned equals perfection, right? But the beer you bring to the beach is just as important as which sunscreen you buy (that 8-spf isn’t doing shit!).
That’s why we went right to the source and asked some of our favorite brewers to tell us their go-to beers for a day at the beach.
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
Joe Connolly, director of Springdale Beer
Anderson Valley Summer Solstice tastes like melted orange creamsicles, and I will forever associate it with an image of chasing the ice cream truck at Castle Island in South Boston.
Creature Comforts Athena
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Dan Weber, head innovation brewer at Dogfish Head
I like to keep it very light on the beach, which I frequent here in coastal Delaware. Usually the lower the ABV the better. Creature Comforts Athena is a great lighter beer that comes to mind for this purpose, but don’t be surprised if my cooler has a few PBR’s in it too.
Pelican Sea Breeze
Steven Pauwels, brewmaster at Boulevard Brewing Co.
Tough question for a Midwestern brewer but if we were on a beach in Belize, we would go with anything from Pelican because it’s ‘Born at the Beach.’ I’ll take a Pelican Sea Breeze any day.
Firestone Walker Easy Jack
Rhett Dougherty, head brewer at Veza Sur Brewing Co.
The most important aspects of beach beer for me are package design, sessionability, and temperature. A cooler full of Easy Jack cans from Firestone Walker is a summer treat that fits the bill flawlessly. This sessionable West-Coast IPA packs a strong citrusy hop punch you can enjoy all day while catching some rays.