The thirst-quenching local beers to reach for when the temperature soars. Plus: this summer's foamy beer fests.
The ideal beer-drinking weather is finally upon us. Here’s a selection of Wisconsin-based seasonal and year-round releases perfect for warm-weather imbibing.
Lakefront SMaSH Ale
Lakefront’s single-malt, single-hop ale combines biscuit-y Vienna malt with the moderate bitterness of floral Willamette hops.
New Glarus Totally Naked Lager
Just another example that shows that New Glarus excels at making pretty much every style. Totally Naked is clean, crisp, refreshing and built to take on summer’s most parched palates.
St. Francis Lust Weiss
This traditional weiss is brewed with wheat and a strain of yeast that yields the flavors of banana and clove. Unexpected? Indeed. Refreshing enough for a sunny day? Yep.
Ale Asylum High Coup
This “tropical” IPA was supposed to be released last year, but Ale Asylum brewers wanted more time to perfect it. They’re clearly happy with the 6.2-percent ABV recipe, which offers powerful bitter notes underneath a mild pineapple and coconut aroma.
3 Sheeps Baaad Boy Black Wheat Ale
Rich roasted malt flavor isn’t exclusive to cold months. Wheat adds a light, refreshing finish that you may not expect from a dark beer.
MKE Brewing Co. Booyah Apricot Saison
The hint of apricot and peach works fine on a warm day, and the fruit’s sweetness doesn’t linger. “Booyah” (referring to the heavily mingled Upper Midwest stew) reinforces the social “Sconnie” connotation.
Capital Brewery Supper Club Lager
Lagers may have lagged behind IPAs in favor, but when well made, they provide a satisfyingly crisp, drinkable brew. Supper Club fits the mold.
Water Street Raspberry Weiss
A weiss beer with a twist. The addition of fresh raspberries to the brew provides a tart flavor finely matched to a season of heat. The beer also registers a meager 4.2-percent ABV, so you can have a few.
MKE Brewing Co. Citrus Happy
Climb aboard the grapefruit train. The citrus makes this newbie go down very easy. Those who love their beer with a punch will appreciate the 6-percent ABV.
Central Waters Summarillo Pale Lager
Hopped up lagers have been picking up momentum, and why not? The clean crispness is a nice complement to a touch of hop bitterness. In this case, it’s the acerbic citrus flavor of Amarillo hops.
It’s hard to argue with the thirst-crushing power of a radler, a low-alcohol combo of fruit juice and beer. Sprecher’s radlers include three fruity flavors. We stand behind the peach.
Beer Barons’ World of Beer Festival: June 4, 1-5p.m. Schwabenhof Pavilion, Menomonee Falls; wobfest.com ➞ Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America: June 11, 3-7 p.m. Veterans Park; beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/milwaukee ➞ Wisconsin Beer Lovers Festival: June 18, 1-5 p.m. Bayshore Town Center, Glendale; wisconsinbeerloversfest.com ➞ Border War Beer Fest: June 25, 3-6:30 p.m. Celebration Place, 206 55th St., Kenosha. ➞ Milwaukee Firkin Beer Fest: July 23, 4-7:30 p.m. Cathedral Square Park; milwaukeefirkin.com ➞ Milwaukee Brewfest: July 30, 3-7 p.m. Old Coast Guard Pavilion, McKinley Park; milwaukeebrewfest.com ➞ Great Lakes Brew Fest: September 17, 3-6:30 p.m. Racine Zoo, 2131 Main St., Racine; greatlakesbrewfest.com