For a summer wheat beer that really stands out, look no further than Modern Times in San Diego, California, where it's pretty much summer year-round. Modern Times Fortunate Islands Beer is a citra-hopped wheat beer that is refreshing and easy to drink, and now, they've released this special version of Fortunate Islands for summer with the inclusion of Grapefruit Zest. To create the special release, Modern Times hand-peeled loads of grapefruits and added the oily skin to the beer. The results are a easy to drink option that has an aroma dominated by grapefruit. It's a great choice for drinkers who like citrusy beer, but have a low tolerance for IPAs. A summer sipper that won't be around long.
When it comes to bourbon, nothing matters more than the juice itself. That's why Barrell Bourbon, while not a traditional distiller, leads the pack amongst the new school whiskey companies. Each batch of Barrell Bourbon is a little different, as they choose from straight bourbon from Kentucky and Tennessee. What doesn't vary is that each batch is bottled at a barrel strength that is typically north of 120 proof. Each one is also quite limited and so far, each has been nothing short of delicious. The latest batch — #7 — was distilled and aged for 5 years in Char #4 American white oak barrels in Tennessee before being bottled at 122.4 proof.
The infusion of fruit into IPAs is the latest trend to hit the craft beer world, and while trends can be annoying, it's hard to argue with beers like Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado. The double IPA is dry hopped to create plenty of hop bite along with the familiar summer flavor of watermelon. And Watermelon Dorado steps onto the summer scene at no less than 10% ABV, ensuring a big, bold flavor that packs a wallop.