Summer is now only a week away, and with it will come more opportunities for sitting outside and enjoying a nice, cold beer. If you’re a homebrewer, you probably already have some summer beer recipes in mind, and you may already have some fermenting or ready to bottle. Whatever the case may be, Brew Perfect is here to help you create the perfect summer beer. With our digital hydrometer, temperature probe, and innovative app, you can keep track of exactly how far along your beer is, and when it’s ready to go into the keg or the bottle.

In this post, we’ll look at some summer beer varieties that you can try this year!

IPAs

We know, you may be getting tired of all the IPAs that you’ve seen at bars and liquor stores in your area, but the fact remains that they’re still one of the most popular summer beers out there. If you like them, then brewing one of your own should be a welcome challenge. If you want, shoot for session IPA that has a lower alcohol content and that balances the hoppiness and bitterness that is found in most traditional IPAs.

Blondes

A blonde ale may have been your introduction to craft beer all those years ago, and with their moderate flavors and low alcohol content, they’re very accessible for casual beer drinkers. There are plenty of blonde varieties out there, and you can make yours with more hops or more spices, and create a unique beer that you can still sip easily while you sit on the front porch this summer.

Saisons

We talked about saisons in a previous post, and if you started brewing one this spring, then it’s likely ready to go for summer. The spicy and fruity flavors of traditional saisons can be perfect for summer, and you’ll love pouring one into an ice-cold glass after you finish mowing the yard on a hot July afternoon.

Shandies

There are many pre-mixed shandy beers out there, but it’s fairly easy to make your own by mixing your homebrewed summer ale with lemon, lime, or another fruit-based beverage. You can use traditional lemonade, but the result could be a beer that’s too sweet for your tastes. You can also use ginger ale to give your beer more bite and to take the edge off of the sweetness.

These four beer styles are just a handful of the options you can try this summer. With the right approach, you can create the perfect summer beer, and you’ll be able to spend the next three months sharing it with friends and family. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue or relaxing after a hard day’s work, you’ll have a great beer on hand at all times. If you have our digital hydrometer and other homebrew equipment, you’ll know exactly how far along your beer is in the brewing process, and when it’s ready to be bottled and shared.

Look through our online catalog today, and please let us know if you have any questions!