Summer Bombers Perfect for Sharing 

Or great for a thirsty solo session

Technically, not all three of these selections are bombers--that 22-ounce format that's perfect for sharing (or if you feel a bit greedy, great for a thirsty solo session). One pick is a cork-finished collaboration between two exceptional breweries that weighs in at 25.4 ounces. But all three are a uniquely different take on a summer brew, and each has something to recommend it.

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale

What do you get when two of California's top breweries (Sierra Nevada and Russian River) get together? An American wild ale with a Belgian accent, where brett fermentation takes place in the bottle. The thin head on this translucent amber brew fades quickly, while the nose is undeniably fragrant with sweet fruit, spice and an earthy touch of grass. Light clove and cardamom from the brett color this richly textured ale. A nice tartness backs the lightly sweet pear and apple flavors. Big but balanced, this beer should age beautifully.

Elysian Wasteland Elderflower Saison

No. 6 in Elysian's 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series, this beer is a cloudy, orange-tinged ale with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing. Green tea and slightly medicinal apple aromas come through on the nose. The brew is pleasant but light on the palate, with just the barest hint of carbonation. The sweet fruit flavors are lovely, but the light citrus and hops don't quite balance things out.

Full Sail Chris's Summer Delight Berliner Weiss

This summer entry from Hood River, Ore.'s employee-owned brewery is part of its Brewer's Share special release series. The beer is a hazy, hay-colored pour with soft aromatics of wheat and citrus. Lactic acid is added to give it that traditional Berliner Weiss tang, while very light carbonation makes it eminently quaffable. The hop presence is very subdued in this brew--ripe lemon and green apple flavors rule here, with a touch of yeasty wheat on the finish.

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