Summer Brews 

Three beers to help ease your transition into summer


Summer time: when the living is easy, the weather is hot and there are lawns to be mowed. As the mercury rises, it's best to lay on the sunscreen and drink lots of water; but H2O is no way to reward yourself after the Sisyphean task of pushing the mower back and forth. What you want is an ice cold, easy drinking brewski. These three fit the bill.

Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale, $1.39-$1.79

An egg white, two-finger head with good retention and lacing tops this bright amber brew. Ample pine laced hop aromas mix with roasted grain, soft malt and floral fruit. In the mouth, think of it as a hoppy pale ale in the Sierra Nevada style. Smooth malt, creamy fruit in the middle segueing to crisper citrus, with a nice, dry, hoppy finish.

New Belgium Skinny Dip, $1.39-$1.79

This beer is a shiny, new penny copper color in the glass with a thin white head. Biscuit and cracker barrel aromas dominate along with subtle malt, fruit (pear, lime, apple), fresh grass and very soft hops. It's lightly carbonated, making it eminently swiggable, and it tastes like it smells but with a bit more sweet malt, especially on the finish. Serve well chilled.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Crisp Lager, $1.39-$1.79

Pours a translucent gold with just the thinnest white froth topping. The nose is very reserved with modest hints of spiced bread dough, fresh grass and hops. Light and refreshing on the palate, which is just what you want on a hot summer day. Soft malt plays against a nice hop array with a crisp citrus tartness throughout.

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