Brews to Beat the Heat 

With temperatures in the upper 90s and even triple digits predicted for the foreseeable future, summer is definitely here with a vengeance. That means it's time for light and lively brews, low in alcohol and long on chillable refreshment. These are the beers to drink as a reward for finally mowing the lawn, or for just kicking back on the weekend.

Anderson Valley Boonville Gold Ale, $1.99—$2.29

A lightly hazy blonde in the glass, this brew sports a generous head that doesn't linger, but leaves a nice lacing. A touch of citrus colors the fresh grain and smooth malt aromas. What the nose promises, the palate delivers, with a balanced mix of biscuit and malt that's backed by a decent hop bite. There's a kiss of ripe citrus and a bit more bitterness on the finish.

Epic Los Locos Lager, $1.69—$1.99

Brewed at Epic's Denver location, this corn-based lager was originally created exclusively for a local Mexican restaurant. The lager pours the color of cloudy lemonade with little or no head, and intriguing aromas of salty creamed corn and citrus segue into darker, bolder flavors. This is a great sessionable choice for summer.

Revision Brewing Blonde NV, $1.79—$2.09

A crystal-clear, straw-colored pour that's almost iridescent, this brew is topped with a very light froth that fades quickly. Grain aromas carry through to the palate where toasted wheat flavors blend nicely with a light malt sweetness. The creamy finish is solid and dry. In all, it's a very pleasant summer quaff from this Sparks, Nevada-based brewery.

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