We are big fans of blowing things up. For us, the Fourth of July is like Hanukkah and Christmas rolled into a giant ball — one that’s sent hurtling into the sky to explode in a shower of sparks and color. The only thing that will make celebrating blow-up day any better? These 25 beers to pull from your fridge or cooler.
1. Full Sail Brewing Company: Chris’s Summer Delight Berliner Weiss
The Oregon brewery’s latest Brewer’s Share release is a hot-weather godsend. The unfiltered German-style ale is made with 50 percent wheat and a little bit of lactic acid that imparts an appealing tartness. I approve.
2. Avery Brewing: Joe’s Premium American Pilsner
This is not your average Joe. It drinks prickly and crisp, with a light body, lingering hop bite and serious thirst-quenching skills.
3. Harpoon: Bohemian Pilsner
A six-week stint in the fermentation tanks helps smooth out Harpoon’s limited-edition Bohemian Pilsner and provide a finish as snappy as carrot sticks.
4. Oskar Blues: Mama’s Little Yella Pils
Low in alcohol, all-malt Little Yella is big in taste, with a scent of squeezed citrus mingling with spicy, tingling hops and just-baked bread.
5. Fort George Brewery + Public House: 1811 Lager
Based in Astoria, Oregon, this excellent brewery offers numerous terrific tall boys, including the brisk, hella hoppy 1811 Lager.
6. Victory Brewing Company: Prima Pils
The strikingly effervescent pilsner is gobsmacked with whole-flower European hops, resulting in a snappy and spicy beer with serious bite. It drinks dry and concludes with a gently sweet aftertaste.
7. Deschutes Brewery: Chainbreaker White IPA
Though the beer is named after a rugged mountain-bike race in central Oregon, Chainbreaker is a smooth journey across a landscape of citrus, sweet orange peel and coriander.
8. Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project: ¡Magnifico!
My favorite husband-and-wife beer magicians hit another home run with ¡Magnifico!, a wee 3.4 percent ABV ale with an earthy complexity, sharp carbonation, and an appealing bitterness.
9. Three Floyds: Gumballhead
The crisp, refreshing brew is made with heaps of red wheat and plenty of Amarillo hops. Their fragrant, citrusy notes make this cloudy, lightly bittered brew an intoxicating treat.
10. Brasserie De La Senne: Taras Boulba
Think all Belgian beers are sweet boozy monsters? Try Taras Boulba, a 4.5 percent gem with a fresh and spicy scent and citrusy, grassy flavors. The beer is as dry as the day is long.
11. Half Acre Beer Company: Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
Warrior, Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops provide Daisy with a perfume of pine, citrus and tropical fruit. It drinks easy and clean, with a gorgeous grassy bitterness.
12. Lagunitas Brewing Company: Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
The California brewery’s cloudy, wheat-driven ale is as smooth as all get-out, featuring plenty of juicy hops and lip-smacking bitterness.
13. Allagash: White
The refreshing, cloudy blonde witbier is packed with a beguiling blend of coriander, Curaçao orange peel and lemon zest.
14. Widmer Brothers Brewing Company: Citra Blonde Summer Ale
With low alcohol and just a smidgen of bitterness, this blonde beauty is made for long afternoons by the water. You’ll adore the scent of citrus and tropical fruit.
15. Vanberg & DeWulf: Lambrucha
A blend of sour lambic and tart kombucha created this earthy, funky curiosity. It’s balanced by lemon zest, with citrus, green apples, and tannins zinging through on the first brightly acidic sip. The 3.5 percent ABV means Lambrucha is an all-day refreshment.
16. Surly Brewing Company: Hell
Though the Minnesota brewery is known for its no-hops-spared approach, the brewers take their foot off the bitter pedal for this unfiltered lager that gulps like water.
17. New Belgium: Shift Pale Lager
What’s the secret ingredient to this Colorado-made lager with a fruity, tropical profile? New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin hops, which provide notes of lychee and mango.
18. Golden Road: Hefeweizen
Sixteen-ounce cans are the preferred format for this Los Angeles brewery, which makes this marvelous Bavarian-style hefeweizen. It’s packed with the aromas of bananas and cloves and also a surprising citrus hit.
19. Baird Brewing: Shizuoka Summer Mikan Ale
Japan’s preeminent craft brewery excels in making balanced, complex ales such as this hot-weather seasonal made with Satsuma fruit and citrusy American hops.
20. Flying Dog: Atlantic UnderDog Lager
The Maryland brewery knocks it out of the park with this biscuity lager boasting a brisk mouthfeel and a fruity bouquet. The 4.7 percent ABV means you should guzzle it by the six-pack.
21. Red Hook: Longhammer IPA
The classic Pacific Northwest IPA continues to satisfy with its smooth drinkability married to a nose packed with plenty of citrus and pine. Bonus: It’s now available in cans.
22. Brewery Ommegang Hennepin
A creamy head combines with juicy, fruity grape and apple flavors to fashion a robust, well-balanced saison with a bit of alcohol heft.
23. Narragansett Beer: Cream Ale
While I have a soft spot for Genesee Cream Ale, I favor this craftier take on the indigenous American style. It’s a lightly hoppy thirst-murderer with an appealingly crisp edge.
24. Maine Beer Company: Peeper Ale
Whenever I spot Peeper, I snag it. The Portland, Maine, brewery’s West Coast–style pale ale packs a fresh, citrusy scent.
25. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales: Bam Bière
Light, dry and riotously effervescent, the golden-hued farmhouse ale has an appealingly funky barnyard aroma relents to a slightly puckering flavor cut with tart green apples.