Treat your taste buds and give a toast to warm, sunny days by sipping on some refreshing, seasonally brewed Colorado beer. There's no shortage of craft breweries here in Northern Colorado, continuously experimenting and coming up with unique, hop-filled creations. The summer months inspire brewers to use ingredients that are light and fruity, each offering their own interpretation of savory summertime sippers. Below are just a few of the many seasonally-inspired local options. Cheers!
What-A-Melon AleCoopersmith's Pub and Brewing
Nothing screams summertime like juicy watermelon, which is exactly what Coopersmith's pays homage to in their summer-inspired ale. The What-A-Melon Ale is a light blonde ale, aged with fresh watermelon juice. Try it on tap now, while soaking up the patio sun.
Tropical DepressionBlack Bottle Brewery
Available from June through August, Black Bottle's Tropical Depression is a New England IPA brewed with Citra, Pacifica, Ekuanot hops, and a whole lot of coconut. The strong aroma and flavors, plus ABV of 6.3% will have you feeling like you just landed smack in the middle of a beach.
Tartastic Strawberry Lemon Ale and Tartastic Raspberry Lime AleNew Belgium Brewing
Leave it to New Belgium to come up with not one, but two, thirst-quenching summertime ales. They describe the Strawberry Lemon as "a delightful combination of strawberry and lemon purees fill the senses with an enticing balance of sweet and sour fruit." New Belgium says their Raspberry Lime Ale is an "irresistibly playful sweet-tart sip that’ll put a smile on your face every time." Signs point to summer no matter which one you're sippin'!
Chillax Pineapple Gold AleBootstrap Brewing Company
Summer is all about chillaxing, and whether it be by a pool or on a patio, Bootstrap Brewing Company has got you covered. Although it's actually available all year-round, the Chillax Pineapple Gold Ale is perfect for summer in that it's Golden Ale infused with real pineapple, giving it a tangy, sweet, subtle taste of the tropics.
Sunny RainOdell Brewing Co.
A light summer rainstorm can be so refreshing, especially during the hottest months of the year. Another way to stay cool? Drink some of Odell's limited release beer, Sunny Rain. Inspired by an unexpected shower from a cloudless sky in the Rocky Mountains, this golden tart ale has a light body with very subtle hints of tartness.