While Memorial Day is first and foremost a holiday dedicated to remembering those lost while serving, it also signals a change in seasonal mindset. Sure, it’s not officially summer yet, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s time to say goodbye to cold air and jackets and hello to swimming pools and patio drinking.
If you spent all winter and early spring drinking big beers during marathon Netflix sessions, it’s time to change what’s in your glass as you head outdoors. Summer sees the resurgence of lighter, more sessionable styles like pilsners, light lagers, and everyone’s favorite: the kolsch. Check out CraftBeer.com’s brand new list of 2016 summer seasonals for the latest and greatest summer offerings.
The use of cans by craft brewers is here to stay, and we’re seeing more and more of our favorite breweries embrace the packaging — especially for summer styles. They’re lightweight, opaque, recyclable, and often allowed in outdoor areas where glass isn’t.
There's more to beer's freshness than whether it's cold or not. Find out, in general, whether canned or bottled beer tastes better here.
As you head outside this weekend, grab a sixer (or two) of one of these classic summer beers below (with descriptions straight from the brewery). They’ll pair quite nicely with your Memorial Day plans whether you’re grilling out or taking a float down your favorite lazy river. Cheers to our military veterans, cheers to three-day weekends, and cheers to America’s small and independent breweries!
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