Summer beers are a great way to cool off and waste a Sunday afternoon. Even though the heat and humidity lend themselves to helping you finish off that 30 pack of Old Style, you don’t have to restrict yourself to swill during the summer months. This article from Epicurious (via The Today Show) is a good basic explanation of your options:
Don’t just restrict yourself to the local brewer’s “summer seasonal.” Most likely, it’s just a witbier or Kolsch anyway. Go straight to the masters for the best examples of these styles: Belgian witbiers, German weissbiers, and Czech pilseners. Also, American pale wheat ales (like Three Floyds Gumballhead and Bell’s Oberon) are establishing themselves as light and flavorful beers for summer. My personal favorites are Victory’s Prima Pils, Reissdorf Kolsch, Konig Ludwig Weiss, Brewery Ommegang’s Hennepin Saison, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, and of course the almighty Gumballhead.