5 Essential Fourth of July Beers

With the 4th of July almost upon us, many of you are already in holiday mode. And that includes picking up the right beer for all your gatherings and celebrations.

And we’ve five serious craft beers that you may want to have on hand.

Victory Summer Love Ale – There are plenty of reasons to love this time of year, and this summer seasonal from Victory Brewing is unquestionably one of them. Brimming with German hops and a subtle pale malt blend, Victory Summer Love is a 5.2% Golden Ale that’s 4th of July-ready.

Bronx Brewery Summer Pale Ale – Summer’s heat in the NYC’s concrete jungle is like no other. But the Bronx Brewery understands that finding the perfect beer is a rite of passage for New Yorkers when the city starts to simmer and they’ve a terrific summer season that pairs brilliantly with black-market firecrackers and open fire-hydrant block parties. A deft balancing act between citrusy hops and lemon tones Summer Pale Ale with Lemon Peel nails it!

Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils – Every 4th of July outing needs a Pilsner (or three), and Firestone Walker brews one of the best! Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils is a is a 5.3% ABV is the perfect pilsner showcase of stylistic brewing influences from Germany, and the Czech Republic given a bold West Coast dry-hopping twist.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager – Twenty years ago, Samuel Adams Boston Lager was considered a renegade upstart that for many of us, was our “gateway” craft beer. Today it’s one of craft beer’s elder statesmen, unfairly overlooked by a new generation craft beer consumers dismissive of heritage brands. Don’t be a hater – the 4th is a perfect time to reacquaint yourself with a classic that paved the way for many of the beers in your fridge today.

Anchor Steam Ale – There’s another heritage ale, this one from America’s first craft brewer Anchor Brewing, which pairs seamlessly with day-drinking, barbeques and fireworks. And it’s out this 4th of July with a special edition hand-drawn label design label of the Golden Gate Bridge by the award-wining San Francisco artist Paul Madonna. Named after a unique West Coast brewing process dating back to the 19th century, Anchor Steam Beer is a 4.9% ABV American classic with a lingering caramel sweetness and a mellow bitter finish.

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