We’re seeing new glimpses of the arrival of summer ’19 with each passing day. Even though temperatures have been a little lower than normal in much of the country, we’ve still seen random hot, sunny days that make us want to play hooky from work to sip on an ice-cold beer, sitting on a dock with our feet dangling in the water. This time of year, the dog days are so close we can taste them and winter is still a recent enough memory as to leave us longing for the hot, steamy, sweaty weather ahead.
When summer finally arrives, there’s sure to will be quite a few days where we’ll be glad we have air conditioning. It’s going to get hot in parts of the country. Like really hot. On those days, nothing will quench our thirst like a frosty brew. Bartenders agree. That’s why we asked some of our favorites to tell us their go-to beers to drink on a truly hot — we mean scorching — summer day.
Montauk Watermelon Session Ale
Nikki McCutcheon, beverage director at Moxy Time Square in New York City
When I’m hot and, on the beach, a cold Montauk Brewing Company’s Watermelon Session Ale, followed by their Summer Ale, are my ideal summer drink choices. The Watermelon Session Ale is so full of flavor while still super refreshing, and the Summer Ale is basically summer in a can. You can’t go wrong with either.
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Brock Schulte, bar director at The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge in Kansas City
The closest and coldest beer is gonna be what I grab for. Which generally is a gose or yard beer. On occasion, I’ll drink IPA’s like Lagunitas or Boulevard. Or if I’m having a few, Bell’s Two Hearted is always a favorite.
Mark Ferguson, bartender at Davio’s in Irvine, California
My favorite summer beer would undoubtedly be Stella Artois. There is no getting away from the fact that I have been loyal to this brand and beer for most of my life. Sitting in a British beer garden by the river on a day when the sun is warming your face, there is no better complement to the sunshine than a chilled chalice of Stella Artois.