Long summer days offer a world of possibilities. How about grilling in the backyard or swinging in a hammock, fishing, or taking a trip to the beach, or just relaxing with friends? Whatever you get up to, you’ll need the perfect drink to pair with your many hours of daylight and fun. Read on for a list of 21 lighter-bodied yet full-flavored brews that you can session from sunup to sundown and beyond.
Altstadt Light German-style Lager
The smooth, light body on this low-cal Germany-style lager will have you sessioning deliciously this summer, especially with its clean, dry finish that keeps you coming back for another sip.
Community Texas Lager
At just under 100 calories, this uniquely Texas brew is perfect for enjoying the beautiful outdoors, celebrating with friends and family, or relaxing after a long day’s work.
Deschutes Crispy Pilsner
With its well-deserved crown, this light and refreshing winner of the Pilsner Fest Bitburger Challenge in Portland, Oregon, is perfectly crushable and, you guessed it, wonderfully crisp.
Dogfish Sea Quench Ale
A touch of salt on the tongue, a bit of malt sweetness in the finish – this ale is a summer-ready, citrusy-tart mash-up of Kölsch, Gose and Berliner Weiss, sure to win over margarita lovers, as well.
Founders All Day IPA
Celebrate the simple pleasures of summer with this IPA, boasting a complex array of malts, grains and hops, made for sessioning.
Independence Redbud Berliner Weisse
Dubbed the Champagne of the North by Napoleon’s troops, this delightfully refreshing brew is spritzy with a lemony tartness to balance the sweetness of the malted wheat.
Lagunitas Daytime IPA
Like bright rays of hops shining down on a gentle landscape of malts and oats, this low-cal, low-carb session IPA is ideal for sipping anytime.
Odell Sippin’ Pretty Fruited Sour
Summer goals: Sippin’ pretty in the sun! Balancing acai, guava and elderberry with a pinch of Himalayan sea salt, this fruited sour ale pops with a bright ruby color and a refreshing tart finish.
Oskar Blues Light Lager
Bask in the subtle aromas and flavors of this deceptively complex low-cal brew, teasing your senses with mild floral hops, biscuity malt and a light honeysuckle character.
Real Ale Firemans Light
This easy-drinking lager is light beer for craft beer drinkers – a perfect combination of a crisp, light body with a clean, malt-driven finish.
Saint Arnold Lawnmower German-style Kölsch
This slightly fruity Kölsch-style brew is particularly refreshing when paired with your favorite summer outdoor activities like fishing, golf, BBQ or backyard games, or to pick you up after a bike ride or hike.
Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager
Bring a little SoCal to Texas. This Baja-inspired Mexican lager brewed with sea salt and lime is the perfect chaser for a hard day’s work or the ideal companion for a day of fun in the sun.
SweetWater High Light
Dubbed an Easy IPA due to its low-calorie, low-ABV design, the secret to its supreme flavor/drinkability combination comes down to brewmaster genius and a little sticky Hop Hash.
Tupps Salted Lime Mexican Lager
Elevate your summer Taco Tuesdays by serving this tart and refreshing Mexican lager alongside your favorite Tex-Mex fare.
Urban South Lime Cucumber Gose
Taking its role as a powerful thirst-quencher seriously, this salty, soured wheat beer goes from refreshing to invigorating with the addition of key lime and fresh cucumber juice.
Ace Guava Craft Cider
With a generous pour of Brazilian guava juice in the mix with semi-dry apple cider, this one will give you tropical vacation vibes in a can.
Woodchuck 100 Cider Variety Pack
A variety pack dedicated to sessionable ciders, these four fruity options – not a one being apple – will brighten up any summer day. Go ahead and have one of each (or two, or three).
Big Country Organic Hard Seltzer Variety Pack
Satisfy your summery fruit cravings with the creative combinations in this seltzer mix pack, ready to cater to everyone’s tastes at the pool party.
Blur Hard Seltzer Variety Pack
Surprising and sometimes exotic flavor combinations – like mango and dragon fruit – set these four seltzers apart, like a tastebud adventure to match any summer adventure you have in store.
Deep Ellum Ranch Water Hard Seltzer
Set up some giant umbrellas and put the patio to use, staying cool and refreshed with frequent sips of this lime-, salt- and electrolyte-infused seltzer.
Lone River Ranch Water Variety Pack
Brewed to slake the thirst of a hard-working cowpoke, these seltzers are sweetened with agave nectar and made tart with a squirt of lime – wrangle some friends and enjoy!