TOP TEN SUMMER CRAFT ALES

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ALLAGASH
Allagash Brewing Company: River Trip (4.8 percent ABV)

A quarter-century after it was founded, Allagash finally started canning beers in 2019, including its flagship White and the freshly released River Trip. The agreeable, food-friendly table beer contains grains from Maine and Comet and Azacca hops, which add an aromatic gust of citrus and ripe melon.

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LAGUNITAS BREWING
Lagunitas Brewing Company: DayTime Session IPA (4 percent ABV)

Lagunitas sent its citrusy session IPA on a diet, reformulating the recipe to drop DayTime to just 4 percent ABV and 98 calories. Not reduced: the fizzy, nearly clear beer’s magnified aroma of mango and papaya. Buy a six-pack of cans and your summer BBQ is set.

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DESCHUTES BREWING
Deschutes Brewery: Da Shootz! (4 percent ABV)

The Oregonians set the linguistic record straight on their brewery name’s pronunciation with Da Shootz! It’s a contemporary American pilsner suited for lunchtime and anytime, thanks to its low ABV and lively aroma of citrus that’s supplied by Lemondrop hops.

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DOGFISH HEAD
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: Slightly Mighty (4 percent ABV)

Dogfish Head designed this beer for calorie-conscious IPA lovers with an active lifestyle. Slightly Mighty offers the aromatic excess of your favorite IPA wrapped up in a 95-calorie package packing but 3.6 grams of carbs per 12-ounce can. The secret to the subtle sweetness and surprisingly full body is a bit of monk fruit. 

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FIRESTONE WALKER
Firestone Walker Brewing Company: Rosalie (5 percent ABV

The biggest drawback to drinking rosé is its double-digit alcohol content. Firestone Walker fixes that by creating this wine-beer hybrid that’s fermented with a blend of six grape varieties, then finished with hibiscus for rosé’s hallmark pink hue. Rosalie is dry and delicately acidic, with a moderate alcohol content designed for day dissolving into evening. 

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HARPOON BREWING
Harpoon Brewery: Rec League (3.8 percent ABV)

The hazy little pale ale raids the health-food store for its ingredients, including better-for-you pantry staples including buckwheat and chia seeds. Sea salt rounds out this pillow-y, tropical pale ale that’s sold by the 15-pack. Consider it a cooler-stocker for the softball leagues everywhere. 

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BOSTON BEER COMPANY
Marathon Brewing: 26.2 Brew (4 percent ABV)

This year, Boston Beer Company (the maker of Sam Adams beers) launched the Marathon Brewing spin-off. The first release is the runner-friendly 26.2 Brew, developed with insights from marathon champions Meb Keflezighi and Desiree Linden. The refreshing golden ale is flavored with coriander and Himalayan sea salt, the latter lending post-run electrolytes.

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PRIMUS
New Belgium Brewing Company: Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza (4 percent ABV)

Colorado’s New Belgium partnered with Mexican brewery Primus Cervecería to create a riff on Mexico’s agua fresca, a drink made with water and fresh fruit. Mural is made with watermelon, lime, agave and hibiscus, which provide the invigorating beer a glowing-pink tint.

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SIERRA NEVADA
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company: Sierraveza (5 percent ABV)

The legendary California brewery looked to Mexico for this easy-going, cracker-crisp lager designed for good times at the beach and trips to the taco stand. Sure, you can add a squeeze of lime, but the fine floral aroma needs no adulteration.

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SOUTHERN TIER
Southern Tier Brewing Company: Swipe Light (4 percent ABV)

Who says light beers need be lacking in flavor? Southern Tier’s brand-new release twins 110 calories (per 12-ounce serving) to low bitterness and an enticing citrus scent delivered by Citra and Mosaic, popular hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest.

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