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8 Best Beers to Drink This Spring

8 Best Beers to Drink This Spring

The sun will come out and so will these stellar spring beers

Spring beers celebrate the season with notes of peach, apricot, vanilla, and ginger.

Spring will be here before we know it (we hope). The perfect way to toast to longer days and alfresco dining options is with beer. Spring beers bridge the flavors of winter with those of spring. Their versatility comes from the fact that there are no official “spring-style” beers, aside from German Bock beers, which are traditionally brewed in May. Since there are no real guidelines, breweries and brewmasters can get creative in what they make and how they do it.

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Take Phantom Ship by Heavy Seas Brewery. The limited spring release is a Belgian-style tripel that is aged in bourbon barrels. Part of the brand’s Unchartered Waters Series, it follows a chocolate stout release and will in turn be followed by a coffee-bourbon porter in summer, so that fans can engage in a full and unique range of barrel-aged brews.

Dogfish Head is releasing one of the season’s fruit-forward beers. Their spring IPA, Aprihop, is brewed with real apricots. The brewers are careful not to let the fruit overtake the beer, so you’ll get that full apricot aroma along with a full hops flavor.

Left Hand Brewery calls the day they juice the ginger (about 44 pounds of it for 60 43-gallon barrels of beer) for their spring Good Juju the “greatest smelling day in the brewhouse.” Fresh-pressed juice and ginger pulp wrapped in muslin cloth bags help create an amazing light and refreshing ale that is fragrant with fresh ginger and herbal hops.

No matter which direction you take with your spring selection, the beauty of the spring beer is that you have loads of options. Here are 8 of the best spring beers to be sipping this season.

Aprihop

Dogfish Head’s spring release is a fruit-forward beer for hop-lovers. This American IPA is brewed with pilsner and crystal malts with supporting flavor coming from sweet and lush apricot juice. It’s one of Dogfish’s most popular seasonal beers and the thirst-quenching fruit and cedar notes are the reason why.

Beer Camp Hoppy Lager

Sierra Nevada invites beer fans to the brewery every week to create a collaborative beer. Beer Camp Hoppy Lager is the result of the past year’s brew fan visits. This brew highlights one of the small-batch standouts, a hop-happy lager that reimagines Sierra Nevada’s collaboration with Ballast Point.


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When it comes to Kölsch-style ales, they’d better be bright, subtly floral, and filled with crisp, refreshing flavors. Left Hand Traveling Light — with its clean flavor and 2-Row, Vienna, and Acidulated malts and its Willamette and Mt Hood hops (among other varietals) — definitely fits the mold. It was actually replaced by 1265 pilsner last year, but you can still find bottles and cans around for sale.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose, you’ll find clean, fresh scents of floral and subtly piney hops as well as freshly baked bread and malt sweetness. On the palate, you’ll be greeted with fresh-cut grass, sweet caramel, rich malts, and a nice resinous backbone. The finish is fresh, crisp, and very thirst-quenching.

Bottom Line:

It’s hard to top this Kölsch-style beer. It’s light-yet-flavorful and totally sessionable. Overall, a great choice for spring drinking.

Rogue Honey Kölsch

Average Price: $12 for a six-pack

What sets this Kölsch-style beer apart from the others on the list is the addition of wildflower honey sourced from Rogue’s onsite Revolution Garden. This cloyingly sweet, natural product melds perfectly with the 2-Row and Munich, wheat, DextraPils, and Aciduated malts and Kölsch #2 yeast and Crystal hops.

Tasting Notes:

Take a moment to breathe in the aromas of clover honey, rich malts, and caramel corn. The palate is swirling with floral sweetness, rich honey, graham crackers, and subtly bitter hops. The finish is a great combination of piney hops and sweet honey.

Bottom Line:

This is a different type of Kölsch than many on this list and that’s not such a bad thing. The addition of natural honey is subtle enough to simply highlight the other flavors instead of overpowering them.

Upslope Rocky Mountain Kölsch

Average Price: $9.99 for a six-pack

If you’ve never had a beer from Colorado’s Upslope, you’re really missing out. We suggest starting with one of its best, its Rocky Mountain Kölsch. The crew in Boulder set out to create a beer that tasted like you were drinking in the Rocky Mountains themselves. They did this by combining traditional Kölsch yeast and locally sourced honey with sage, Lemondrop, and Mosaic hops.

Tasting Notes:

Nose this beer for a few moments and breathe in the aromas of subtle baking spices, lemon zest, and graham crackers. Take a sip and you’ll find flavors of subtle sage, baked bread, fresh, floral hops, and orange peels. It all ends with a mixture of resinous hops and caramel sweetness.

Bottom Line:

This is a beer for fans of the great outdoors. Pack it into your backpack and bring it on your next hike or mountain biking excursion for a mid-trip pick-me-up.

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower

Average Price: $9 for a six-pack

With a name like Fancy Lawnmower, you know this is a beer for spring and summer imbibing. This German-style Kölsch was crafted to be as close to the real thing as possible. They do this by brewing with traditional Kölsch yeast and Hallertau hops.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose, you’ll find notes of fresh-cut grass, cracker malt, subtle caramel, and vibrant lemon zest. On the palate, you’ll find rich malts, sweet corn, and floral, subtly bitter hops. The finish is clean, bright, and thirst-quenching.

Bottom Line:

We’re all about drinking light, refreshing beers after mowing the lawn, doing yard work, or simply standing outside in the sun. This beer feels like it was made with these exact activities in mind.

Schlafly Kölsch

Average Price: $9.99 for a six-pack

Like many of the beers on this list, Schlafly believes that you can’t truly make an authentic Kölsch-style beer without using traditional Kölsch yeast. The brewery gets its yeast from Köln, Germany, where the style originated. That’s about as authentic as it gets.

Tasting Notes:

The aroma is filled with ripe fruits, sweet cereal, and piney hops. Drinking this beer will reveal bold malts, Noble hops, freshly baked bread, and citrus zest. The finish is clean, dry, and (no surprise here!) refreshing.

Bottom Line:

Located in St. Louis, Schlafly might find itself in the shadow of a well-known macro-brewery, but we implore you to grab a six-pack of this Kölsch next time you’re in the beer section at your local grocery store — it’s a winner.

Three Weavers Seafarer

This traditional Köln-style Kölsch was first introduced in 2014. Its inspiration is the classic, crisp, floral brews of Germany. It recreates this iconic style with the addition of German pilsner malts and Hallertau hops.

Tasting Notes:

Before taking a sip, bask in the scents of green apples, biscuity malts, fresh grass, and lime curd. On the palate, you’ll be greeted with a subtle nutty sweetness paired with floral hops and lemon zest. The end is light, subtly tangy, and ends with a nice kick of bitter hops.

Bottom Line:

Fire up the grill, throw on some sausages (or hot dogs if you prefer), and pair them with this classic German-style Kölsch.

Almanac True Kölsch

Almanac’s True Kölsch lives up to its name. When you crack open a can, you’ll be transported to the German countryside where you’ll hear the sound of accordion music and smell the rich smoke from grilled sausage. Its thirst-quenching, light, and way too easy to drink.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose, you’ll find bready malts, bright citrus zest, caramel notes, and sweet corn. On the palate, you’ll get hints of citrus zest, floral hops, subtle pepper, and sweet yeast. The finish is dry and refreshing with a nice hit of spicy hops.

Bottom Line:

On the next nice day, grab a comfortable chair, find a warm spot in the spring sun, crack open a True Kölsch and slowly sip it, forgetting about the stresses of your daily life for a few brief moments.

Prost Kölsch

Average Price: $9.99 for a six-pack

You know if you’re buying a beer from Prost, it’s going to be as authentic as possible. Its Kölsch was created to pay tribute to the classic style. It’s fruity, dry, and utterly refreshing. That’s why Prost is able to refer to it as a “Kölns Classic Ale”.

Tasting Notes:

Nose this beer and you’ll be met with scents of lemon zest, tropical fruits, freshly baked bread, and floral hops. On the sip, you’ll find orange peels, rich malts, sweet cereal, and spicy hops. It all ends in a crescendo of pleasingly bitter hops and sweet malts.

Bottom Line:

Hoist a pint of this classic beer and let out a guttural “Prost!” or whatever exclamation you like to toast to. Trust us, you’ll be that excited after taking a sip of this thirst-quencher.

Fort Point KSA

Average Price: $9.99 for a six-pack

If you didn’t guess it already, KSA stands for Kölsch Style Ale. While many of the beers on this list pride themselves in using only authentic German ingredients, KSA is the meeting between the European country and America. That’s because Fort Point uses American hops paired with German malts to create a transatlantic beer experience.

Tasting Notes:

On the nose, you’ll find aromas of wet hay, tart grapes, and citrus peels. The palate offers up tropical fruits, sweet wheat, sourdough bread, and floral hops. The finish is a great combination of rich malts and crisp, bitter hops.

Bottom Line:

Since this is a mashup of America and Germany, we suggest pairing this with classic, grilled red hots instead of bratwursts.

Boulevard American Kölsch

Average Price: $10 for a six-pack

This sessionable golden ale is brewed with European pilsner malts and malted wheat as well as Magnum hops. The flavor is ramped up with end-of-boil additions of Saphir, Saaz, and Tradition hops. The result is a full-flavored, complex beer that hits the spot on a warm, hazy spring day.

Tasting Notes:

Breathe in the aromas of freshly baked bread, caramel sweetness, and subtle herbs. Take a sip and you’ll be transported to a world of clover honey, rich malts, citrus zest, and piney, resinous hops. The finish is light, smooth, and perfectly hoppy.

Bottom Line:

This is the kind of crushable, hop-filled beer that’s bold enough for the early days of spring but bright and vibrant enough for the humid days of summer.

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23 Great Beers You'll Want to Drink This Summer

The whole "summer beer" category has undergone an upheaval in the last few years. Very suddenly, breweries started expanding the definition of summer beer to include super-sugary shandies, way-too-tart goses, and ultra-light fruited sessions. And then summer beers started to taste like, well, soda.

You can blame (or thank?) hard seltzer, which as an alcoholic beverage category has created a sea change in the beverage business. Those bubbly boozes, in their sleek cans, wrestled market share from craft beer and, as a result, some of those breweries, along with titans among the macro-beer world, started to crank out the stuff.

And then beer sort of got stuck in the middle, drawn-and-quartered between hard seltzer and its OG roots. But here's the thing: Plenty of amazing craft breweries are still cranking out delicious craft beer that is neither beer-flavored soda nor boring by any means. It's just that this beer is simply harder to find these days because there are so many styles on the market and so many players in the game. (How many breweries does your town have that it didn't 15 years ago?)

So we did the work for you. We sipped through the sessions. We pounded the pilsners. We puckered through the sours. And we explored some category-defying beers that could be the Next Big Style&mdashand, who knows, maybe even a style that can topple King Hard Seltzer.

So whether you&rsquore manning the grill or just mowing the lawn on Sunday morning, these are the 20-plus best Men&rsquos Health-approved summer beers right now. Thankfully, there's still a whole lot to love.


The 21 Best Beers You Can Buy at Your Local Store

From domestic to imported, not all of the best brews are impossible to find.

The top-rated beer in the world, according to Beer Advocate , is the Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout. Good luck finding it though. As Esquire noted, the barrel-aged coffee stout is only released about once a year, 300 to 400 bottles at a time, and straight from the brewery in Decorah, Iowa.

If a trip to Iowa that coincides with the release isn't in the cards for you, fear not. There are plenty of beers that are easily accessible, either through an online portal like Drizly or at your local grocery store or liquor store. To determine how to find the best of the brews, Town & Country consulted two beer experts:

Greg Engert is Beverage Director & Partner of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which runs 22 independent restaurants and bars, including the craft beer bars ChurchKey in Washington, D.C. and The Grand Delancey. Engert, who chose "consistently excellent, steadfastly reliable, readily available, and downright affordable American craft brews," has been nominated by the James Beard Foundation for &ldquoOutstanding Wine & Spirits Professional&rdquo and Food & Wine named him its first-ever &ldquoSommelier of the Year.&rdquo

Tom Peters is the proprietor of Philadelphia's legendary Monk's Café. Peters began in the Philadelphia restaurant industry in 1980 as a waiter, bartender, host, line cook, sous chef, head chef, pastry chef, and general manager before opening Monk&rsquos Café in 1997. Noted beer writer Michael Jackson called Monk&rsquos &ldquoSimply the best Belgian Café in the United States," and All About Beer magazine named it one of the top five places in the world to drink a beer. Peters founded Philly Beer Week, the world's very first Beer Week, and is a four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist.

Suffice it to say, these two know how to find a tasty brew, whether you are looking for a light or craft beer, or maybe just a pale ale or an IPA. Here are their picks.

"Bone dry and hop-driven, Pivo delivers zippy effervescence and earthy bitterness along with inviting aromas of fresh cut flowers and lemon candy."&mdashGreg

"American brewer Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker added his touch to Czech pilsner by hopping it up, California style. One of the best widely-available American takes on Czech pils, a style that is best drunk fresh."&mdashTom

"This is a balanced brew that delivers a nuanced interplay of bready malt and herbal hops. Dortmunder Gold is clean, refreshing and crushable, even at nearly 6% ABV."&mdashGreg

"Malt-driven notes of caramel and toast provide a rich backbone to this hoppy ale. Expect waves of piney, citric and resinous hop flavors along with a bold and bitter finish."&mdashGreg

"This classic beer was one of the first hoppy beers many people ever had, and remains the definition of the West Coast pale ale style. Refreshingly bitter, with balanced malt. Great with spicy food. It is the one beer that is always in my refrigerator."&mdashTom

"Two Hearted explodes out of the glass with fruity aromas of orange peel, grapefruit and tangerine, underpinned by a bit of pine. The body is lean and balanced while showing a restrained bitterness that makes this IPA eminently drinkable."&mdashGreg

"Sierra Nevada's entry into the crowded field of hazy IPAs is remarkably consistent, widely available, and downright delicious. Creamy, slightly sweet and softly bitter, this brew is chock full of juicy fruit flavor, with pineapple, apricot, and citrus notes throughout."&mdashGreg

"Not just a low-calorie brew, Lagunitas DayTime IPA has remained impressive since its debut back in 2010. Full flavored and hop forward, this IPA brings bold citrus hop character along with a refreshing malt base."&mdashGreg

"The only dry-hopped Trappist ale, this refined Belgian brew is in a class by itself. A touch of Brettanomyces yeast gives the flavor profile a distinctive lift and contrast to the pale roasted malt and soft astringency of the hops. This beer ages well."&mdashTom

"Aged in massive oak barrels called foeders, this Belgian pale ale takes on tart quality from the microbiota living in the wooden barrel staves. Unlike American style pale ales, this is not characterized by hoppy bitterness, but rather a dry, complex bite that recalls Champagne."&mdashTom

"Brewed by Brasserie Dupont in the Belgian countryside near France, Saison Dupont is the benchmark farmhouse ale that inspired brewers the world over. Peppery hops in the nose and palate and rich, fruity esters define this brew, whose name means "season." This style was brewed for consumption during the hot summer months when brewing was historically not possible."&mdashTom

"This Belgian Trappist abbey invented the triple style, a golden ale with fruity esters originally brewed for sale to support the abbey's operations. Westmalle is the first notable triple and certainly the best widely-available triple, with notes of stone fruit. This has a dry, hoppy finish&mdashnot sweet like many imitators."&mdashTom

"For 25 years, Allagash White has remained the benchmark for Belgian-style Witbier in the US and beyond. Bright, thirst quenching and slightly sweet, this wheat brew combines warm spices with a lemony tang and gentle peppery bite."&mdashGreg

"Brewed with a touch of orange peel and coriander in the classic Belgian Wit style, this hazy wheat ale is even better than the originals brewed in Belgium. Soft on the palate but not flabby, Allagash White is super refreshing and low enough in alcohol to have a few."&mdashTom

"SeaQuench fuses all sorts of zesty lime (black limes, lime peel, lime juice) with a generous dollop of coriander, plus sea salt, and layers it atop a clean, wheaty base to create the quintessential year-round crusher."&mdashGreg

"Though this remix clocks in at a big 9.5% ABV, the tantalizing tartness keeps everything tangy and bright, while aromas of banana, rum, apple, lemon, and clove bring complexity to the beer."&mdashGreg

"Brewed by Van Steenberge outside of Ghent, Belgium, Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour Ale is a definitive 'oude bruin' or Flanders red beer. Evoking a cherry Warhead with lactic sourness and a touch of malt sweetness, this is a great introduction of the vast array of beers broadly classed as 'sour.'"&mdashTom

"Rochefort 10 is often named among the 'Best Beers in the World,"' but the 8 has perhaps even more nuance. Brewed in a Belgian Trappist monastery, this is a high-alcohol, bready, and rich brew with caramelized toffee notes. "&mdashTom

"Rich, yet restrained, Black Butte delivers bold notes of chocolate, licorice, fig and burnt caramel, all in a silky smooth package."&mdashGreg

"Rich with oats added to the mash, this silky-smooth stout is dry, bracing and classically English. A stalwart that will never go out of style."&mdashTom

"This now classic Brown Ale is creamy and round on the palate with a dry, bittersweet finish nutty malt flavors, punctuated by notes of coffee and cocoa, give way to an earthy, herbal hop character."&mdashGreg

"The key to finding a low-calorie beer isn&rsquot looking for mass produced ultra-lights, which rely on brewing adjuncts like rice to produce thin, quickly made, flavorless beer. Instead, look for correctly made full-grain bill beer that is low in alcohol, like Brasserie de la Senne&rsquos Taras Boulba. This is a sessionable Belgian Pale Ale brewed in Brussels, 4.2% ABV, and 135 calories per 12-ounce bottle. It is super dry, aromatic, and absolutely delicious. If a mass produced, widely available beer is required, the Irish dry stout Guinness is about 125 calories per 12 ounces and also about 4.2% ABV."&mdashTom

"This seasonal stout is all about sitting by the fireplace on a snowy evening and enjoying this massive beer out of a snifter. This is all about the copious amount of they malt use. Notes of espresso and bittersweet chocolate come through when served at cellar temperature. This beer ages extremely well."&mdashTom


The 50 Best Summer Beers Of All Time

Sure, citrus-y wheat beers are summertime staples, but we've got a truck load of warm-weather brews to stock up on this season&mdashlike juiced up pineapple shandies, mango-laced lagers, and even some that are sprinkled with sea salt, not to mention a bunch of the delicious old classic. Basically, you can think of this as your summer bucket list (for drinking).

Sprinkled with sea salt, this tangy Gose-style brew is balanced with sweet citrus. It will make you feel like you're seaside&mdasheven if you're nowhere near the beach.

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Deep crimson blood orange gives basic blonde ale a distinctive twist, one that's subtle enough to drink in succession but tangy enough to leave you feeling refreshed.


There Are Way Too Many IPAs. Here Are the 12 Best.

There's one thing that "best IPA" lists too often do not consider: actually being able to find and enjoy the beers.

Look, not everyone has the ways or means to travel to a remote corner of Vermont to visit the hallowed grounds of The Alchemist or Hill Farmstead. Not everyone has the time or energy to wait in a serpentine beer-release line at Tired Hands or Bissell Brothers. Not every beer drinker has to be a beer fanatic.

And it is in this more measured approach to beer drinking that we created our list of the 12 best IPA beers.

It's not that we don't enjoy esoteric beers from small-town nano-breweries&mdashit's just that it's hard to recommend them to a fellow beer drinker who is just looking to branch out a little. Nothing is more frustrating, we know, then hearing about a great beer and then realizing that the only way you could ever drink it is by having to travel and/or wait for a taste.

So, on this list you will not find Pliny the Elder, or any of its gotta-hunt-for-it ilk. You will also not find any session IPAs, fruited IPAs, or otherwise non-traditional IPAs, except for hazy IPAs, which have come to redefine the style.

What you will find is a list of dependably delicious IPAs that deliver on hops and are to be trusted in flavor no matter what the year (as long as you drink them fresh, of course).

Named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan, the state where Bell's is based, this strong and sturdy IPA is a classic. Centennial hops deliver equal doses of citrusy tang and piney punch, while an undercurrent of malt lends balance.

Hoppy beers are like ska bands: The worse the pun in their name, the harder they are to enjoy. Which is why a beer named "IPA" is perfect for this Stone offering. It's straightforward. But for a beer that's been around since 1997, that doesn't mean boring. You'll taste some tropical fruits, some peppery notes, and even some grapefruit in here, if you're paying close attentino.

At 7% ABV, it's up to you whether or not you want to actually have one for lunch. Regardless, it's gentle sweetness and palate-popping hops make it an excellent food beer, especially with seafood, grilled vegetables, or anything spicy.

The inclusion of Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA does not exclude their 90 or 120 varieties. It's just that this beer&mdashbold, important, and impressive&mdashis a lesson in brewing. Continuously hopping the beer for 60 minutes produces an explosion of flavors and a surprising crispness. Try it in a flight with the 90 and 120 for a full education.

These Brooklyn brewers have been cranking out powerful IPAs since 2004. Bengali, which started as a homebrew, has a vibrant orange color (hence the name) and a bite of hops that chomps down and won't let go. This is going to sound strange, but it pairs exceptionally well with cheddar popcorn.

This Cincinnati brewery's offering is refreshingly honest. It's an East Coast-style IPA, so expect a ton of pineapple, mango, and apple-esque flavors, along with a tongue-tingling effervescence.

Kentucky can do more than bourbon. This IPA is proof. It's a double, so the ABV sits at 8%, but you have to love the no-bullshit approach. It's just powerfully hoppy, with heft, and unapologetic about it all.

Grassy, yet sweet. Spicy, yet smooth. Wild, yet balanced. This Illinois-based brewer offers an excellent representation of all the things a great IPA can be&mdashin one beer.

This was the now-legendary Asheville, NC, brewery's first IPA. It's a titan of the category&mdashbright, not bitter&mdashand exceptionally easy-drinking, even at 7.3% ABV.

There's haze in here, but make no mistake, this is a West Coast style IPA at heart. Mosaic and Denali hops combine to form a beer that's shot through with orange and grapefruit flavors, yet surprisingly floral on the nose.


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20 Beer Cocktails That'll Make Any Pregame a Turn-Up

Beer is great and all, but a beer cocktail is just better. Whether you're rocking a michelada at brekkie, a beergarita at happy hour, or a shandy at dinner time, these 20 drinks are sure to please.

Add 1 oz. fresh lime juice, 1 oz. Mole Poblana, 1 oz. tomato juice, 3 dashes chocolate bitters, and 1 oz. mezcal to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain into glass, and top with Negra Modelo beer. Garnish with chocolate spicy salt.

Shake 1 oz. Whole Leaf Gin, 1 oz. lemon juice, and 1 oz. simple syrup in a shaker for six seconds. Strain over ice in a glass, and add 4 oz. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA. Gently stir to mix.

In a shaker, combine 1 oz. grapefruit-infused Aperol, 1 oz. pineapple rum, ½ oz. almond reduction, and 2 drops vanilla extract. Pour into a pint glass and top with IPA beer.

In a small mixing tin, combine 1 oz. Paul Beau VS Cognac, 1 oz. Orleans Herbal, ½ oz. Rhum JM Cane Syrup, ½ oz. orange juice, and ½ oz. lemon juice. Shake slightly, and top with 3½ oz. Ommegang Witte beer. Strain into a lowball glass with a large ice rock.

Recipe from Center Bar in New York City.

Combine 2 parts Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, ½ part lime juice, and ¼ part ginger syrup in a glass. Slowly pour half of any wheat beer into the glass. Add a few ice cubes, and finish pouring the beer.

Add 1 oz. Contratto, ½ oz. sweet vermouth, and ½ oz. dry vermouth to an ice-filled glass. Top with 1 can of Tecate pale lager, and garnish with an orange wheel.

Recipe by bartender Ivy Mix at DIEGO at the PUBLIC Hotel in New York City.

Combine 1 ½ oz. Tom's Town Corruption gin, ½ oz. simple syrup, ½ oz. lemon juice, and 1 T KC Canning Co. strawberry Champagne jam in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a 14-oz. glass with ice. Top with 1 can Boulevard Brewing Co. Jam Band Berry Ale and serve.

In a food processor or blender, puree 2 cups of raspberries until smooth. Press the puree through a fine mesh strainer, and discard the seeds. Add 2 cups of water and ¼ cup of sugar to the puree and stir. In a blender, combine the raspberry mixture with ½ cup tequila, 1 cup UFO Raspberry beer, and 3 T lime juice. Add 2 cups of ice. Blend until completely smooth. Pour into 4 glasses, and garnish with limes and raspberries.

In a Collins glass, muddle 8 sprigs fresh cilantro and 1 lime. Add ½ tsp. agave syrup, and fill with ice. Add 6 oz. Stella Artois Cidre, then stir thoroughly, and top with a splash of soda water.

Recipe from Stella Artois.

Combine 1 oz. fresh squeezed citrus juice (orange and lemon) with 3 oz. sweetened butterfly pea tea. Top with 4 oz. Blue Moon Belgian White. Serve over ice and orange slices, and garnish with an orange wheel.

Add 1.5 oz. Crown Royal Vanilla to 1 pint Pumpkin Ale, and serve in a pint glass.

In a glass, add 8 oz. Leinenkugel&rsquos Watermelon Shandy, 3 oz. ginger ale, a splash of simple syrup, and a splash of club soda. Garnish with a watermelon slice, lemon, lime, and orange.

In a pilsner glass filled with ice, add 1 1/2 oz. Svedka Strawberry Lemonade, 1 oz. iced tea, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice, and a splash of Corona Extra. Stir briefly, and garnish with a slice of lemon and a strawberry.

In a glass filled with ice, add 4 oz. Austin Eastciders Blood Orange Cider, 1 ½ oz. bourbon, and 1 tbsp. agave. Top with 1 jalapeño slice, stir, and garnish with a lime slice.

In a large wine glass, combine 8 oz. lemonade with 8 oz. Stella Artois Cidre, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Recipe from Stella Artois.

Pour 1 1/2 oz. Svedka Colada, 2 oz. lemonade, and the juice of 1 lemon wedge in a shaker. Add ice, and shake briefly. Strain into a pint glass, top with Corona Light, and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Combine 1 ½ oz. lime juice, ½ oz. agave nectar, and the zest of 1 lime in a glass. Add beer, stir gently, and garnish with a lime wheel.

Recipe from Stanton Social in New York City.

In a large wine glass, combine 4 oz. lemonade with 4 oz. iced tea. Add a splash (approx. 1 tsp.) of rosemary simple syrup, and top with 8 oz. Stella Artois Cidre. Garnish with lemon wheels and 1 sprig of rosemary.

Recipe from Stella Artois.

Muddle 4 raspberries, 6 blueberries, and 3 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 ½ oz. tequila silver and 1½ oz. sour mix, and shake. Strain into a glass filled with ice, and top with beer.

Recipe from Haven at The Sanctuary Hotel in New York City.

Mix ½ oz. simple syrup, ½ oz. fresh lemon juice, and ¾ oz. pineapple juice with 4 dashes of chai bitters. Shake dry. Pour over ice into a Collins glass, and top with Stella Artois Cidre. Garnish with a fresh lemon twist.


7. Miller Lite

Are you even summering right if you don&rsquot have a Miller Lite at a BBQ or on the golf course with your buds? It&rsquos light and crisp, so you can drink a bunch of them and live to tell the tale, and it&rsquos low calories so even after polishing off a bunch, your caloric intake for the day won&rsquot look like The Rock&rsquos.

Courtesy of Drizly

13 of the Best Mexican Recipes to Grill This Summer

With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, our best Mexican BBQ recipes when burgers are getting boring.

With grilling season in full swing, you may be getting tired of hot dogs and hamburgers. Enter: Grilled Mexican food—especially perfect if your local taqueria is still closed right now. You can obviously make your own margaritas too.

While not all of the below dishes are what you’d call authentic, they are all delicious, and meant to capture the experience of an evening stroll through a town in Mexico, where the smell of meat cooking over charcoal is one of the primary sensory pleasures. So, yes, we have carne asada, but a few hearty vegetarian options too—and even a couple cocktails made with grilled fruit. Buen provecho!

No grill? We’ve got a few alternative suggestions:

Or, just get to the grilling!

1. Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Grilled shrimp are a lighter alternative to meat for tacos. Toss them quickly in spicy chipotle powder, cumin, and lime juice, then grill to develop a flavorful char. Stuff into warm corn tortillas and top with fresh avocado-corn salsa. Get our Grilled Shrimp Tacos recipe.

2. Mexican BBQ Chicken

A recipe inspired by Mexico’s pollo al carbon, chickens marinated and cooked on huge charcoal grills, this is easier to pull off on your Weber. The marinade contains achiote paste, chopped cilantro, jalapeños, garlic, lime, and orange juice. Get our Mexican BBQ Chicken recipe.

El Yucateco Achiote Paste, $6.40 from Amazon

Annatto seeds lend flavor and vibrant orange color to this seasoning paste.

3. Grilled Chile Salmon with Lime Crema

Salmon fillets marinate quickly in chili powder, garlic, lime, and olive oil. After grilling, the salmon is served with a sauce of Mexican crema or sour cream, lime, cilantro, and green onions. Get our Grilled Chile Salmon with Lime Crema recipe.

4. Carne Asada

Flank steak marinated with beer, lime and lemon juice, garlic, red onion, salt, and a bit of sugar gets grilled, sliced, and slipped into tacos. Get our Carne Asada recipe.

5. Grilled Veggie Fajitas

Meaty fajitas may be more common, but marinated, grilled veggies make an equally satisfying filling, especially paired up with pinto beans, tomatillo salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and melty cheese. Get our Grilled Veggie Fajita recipe.

6. Guacamole Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers can be dry and tasteless, but not these. Dark-meat turkey lends juiciness and flavor, while additions of chili powder, lime zest, and cilantro lend character. A topping of tangy guacamole finishes things off in vivid style. Get our Guacamole Turkey Burgers recipe.

7. Mexican Grilled Steak Salad

For this healthy Mexican grilled flank steak recipe, medium-rare slices of beer-marinated beef mingle with romaine lettuce, canned black beans, cherry tomatoes, avocado, queso fresco, and cilantro in an avocado-yogurt dressing. Get our Mexican Grilled Steak Salad recipe.

8. Grilled Tofu Torta

Mexican sandwiches are often meaty—and this one is too, even though it’s entirely plant-based. Grill marinated tofu, then top it with smashed black beans, salty crumbles of cotija cheese, pickled jalapeños, creamy avocado, and shredded lettuce, all inside a soft bun. Get our Grilled Tofu Torta recipe.

9. Grilled Rib-Eyes with Chile-Lime-Tequila Butter

Steaks on the grill are the iconic summertime meal. We top ours with a Mexican-style compound butter spiked with chiles, black pepper, lime juice, and tequila. Get our Grilled Rib-Eyes with Chile-Lime-Tequila Butter recipe.

10. Pork and Chorizo Chile Burger

Top these burgers of ground pork and spicy Mexican chorizo with grilled chiles and a grilled avocado mash (clearly paving the way for grilled guac on the side!), and wash it all down with a refreshing beer cocktail—or a straight-up bottle of cerveza. Get our Pork and Chorizo Chile Burger recipe.

11. Grilled Corn with Cayenne, Lime, and Cotija

Grilled corn is a beautiful thing, but even better when dressed Mexican-street-food-style, slathered in cayenne-spiked mayo, rolled in cotija cheese, and spritzed with lime juice. Add a sprinkle of cilantro and/or a few cracks of black pepper if you like. It also has a built-in handle since you grill it in the husk—pure perfection. Get our Grilled Corn with Cayenne, Lime, and Cotija recipe.

12. Grilled Sangría

Sangria is technically Spanish (its Mexican cousin is clerico), but it’s perfect with Mexican food too—and more interesting than yet another margarita. Adding grilled fruit gives it a bit of smoky flavor that complements the red wine and brandy, but also mellows out the booziness. Get our Grilled Sangría recipe.

13. Grilled Pineapple Cocktail

A daiquiri is not Mexican either, but this version shares some delicious similarities with a margarita, namely: fresh lime juice and an orange-flavored liqueur. Swap in tequila for the rum and you have something closer to a marg, with the smoky-sweet flavor of grilled pineapple mixing things up. Rim the glass with tajín for a nod to Mexico’s chile-and-lime-spiked fresh fruit snacks. Get our Grilled Pineapple Cocktail recipe.