Summer Beers & BBQ

The official kick-off of summer is just a few days away! If you still need to stock up for the Memorial Day festivities, don’t fret…we have plenty of delicious summer brews in stock now! From blondes and lagers to saisons and wheat beers a-la-plenty, there’s definitely something for palate. And, since you’ll most likely be doing some backyard BBQ’ing, we threw in some beer and food pairing suggestions to make your menu planning that much easier! Check out our list below and have a great weekend, everyone!

These easy-going, summertime-sippers are wonderful on their own but also when paired with light fish dishes like seared ahi tuna, halibut and scallops. Or go for some mouthwatering herb-crusted grilled chicken!!
Examples to try:
River Horse Summer Blonde – 6packs, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Ipswich Summer Ale – 6packs
Gritty McDuff’s Vacationland – 6packs
Lancaster Kolsch – 6packs
Schlafly Kolsch – 6packs and 50L kegs
St. John’s Summer Ale – 6packs
Summit Summer Ale – 1/6 and 1/2 kegs

If you’re planning on steaming a big ol’ pot of mussels or clams on the grill, don’t forget the Saison! Use some of the Saison to steam with, then serve the rest alongside with a big plate of crusty bread to soak up all that savory broth. Mmmmm. These Belgian brews would also be fantastic with some spicy, cajun grilled shrimp!
Examples to try:
Fegley’s Monkey Wrench Saison – 750ml, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Green Flash Saison Diego – 22oz and 1/6 kegs
Sixpoint Harbinger Saison – 50L kegs
Yards Saison – 6packs, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs

Pair Belgian Wits with grilled fish or lobster, German-style Hefeweizens with Weisswurst or mild-flavored sausages and American-styles with anything from chicken to fish and grilled veggie kebabs! Of course, all of these recommendations are interchangeable!
Examples to try:
Abita Lemon Wheat – 6packs
Breckenridge SummerBright – 6packs, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Breckenridge Agave Wheat – 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
New Holland White Hatter – 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Sixpoint Apollo Wheat – 4packs and 50L kegs
Sly Fox Royal Weisse – 6packs
Smuttynose Summer Weizen – 6pack, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Weyerbacher White Sun Wit – 6packs and 1/6 kegs

Simple summertime delights like dogs and brats are most delicious when served alongside something equally as simple. Grab a crisp, clean and refreshing Pilsner or Lager…and don’t forget the kraut!
Examples to try:
Cisco Summer of Lager – 12pack cans, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager – 6packs
Smuttynose Vunderbar Pils – 4packs, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Troegs Sunshine Pils – 6packs, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs

Where’s the beef?! Don’t worry, we didn’t forget! Burgers, ribs and steaks are classic pairings with American IPAs and Pale ales. Aside from your favorite year-round options, there are some incredible summer versions in the market right now!
Examples to try:
21st Amendment Bitter American – 6packs
Founders All Day IPA – 6packs, 1/4 and 1/6 kegs
Summit Unchained Organic Ale (Session IPA) – 6packs
Cricket Hill Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale (Belgian Pale Ale) – 6packs
Philadelphia Brewing Fleur de Lehigh (Belgian Pale Ale) – 6packs

Just looking for some light, refreshing and fruity options to kick back with? Here are some terrific options that would pair nicely with your lounge chair or hammock!
Examples to try:
21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat – 6packs, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager – 6packs
Fegley’s Blueberry Belch – 6packs, 1/6 and 1/2 kegs
Fegley’s Space Monkey Saison (brewed with raspberries) – 6packs and 1/2 kegs
Left Hand Good Juju – 6packs and 1/6 kegs
Farnum Hill Summer Cider – 750ml


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