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.
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.
Even during the summer months there are some darker beers that fit in well with cookouts and beach trips. Maui Brewing Coconut Hiwa Porter is one of those, made with hand-toasted coconut and hints of mocha. It's an easy choice year-round, and is even easier to choose with this newly unveiled can design. A flavorful porter that might be as close as you get to the Hawaiian Islands this summer.
To amp up the simplicity of their great IPA Lunch, Maine Beer Company added Dinner to the menu of refreshing, hoppy beers. Dinner is a double IPA, dry hopped twice with over six pounds of hops per barrel. It gives off an aroma that brings to mind a tropical fruit smoothie and does a great job balancing sweetness and a mild hop bitterness on your palate. It weighs in at 8.2% ABV, and promises to not only enhance your dinner, but any meal or occasion you decide to open one with.
The latest trend to take off in the craft beer world is fruit infused IPAs. And if there's a craft brewery qualified to take a stab at it, it's Dogfish Head. Their take is called Flesh & Blood IPA, brewed with real lemon flesh and blood orange juice. Dogfish Head has experimented with fruit and citrus since 1996 — when they released Aprihop, an IPA brewed with Apricots. Flesh & Blood will be available across the country just in time for July 4th weekend, so make sure it finds a place in your cooler as you celebrate our nation's independence.