After serious and deliberate Research, I came up with six summer brews I can recommend in good conscience. Why only six? Because I had about five minutes on BXR and a lot of ground to cover. It went crazy fast anyway. Here goes:
Arcadia Whitsun (Battle Creek, MI)
Arcadia prides itself on brewing in the English tradition. An orangey wheat beer may seem like a departure from the norm, but it’s subtle and there’s a maltiness and balance that makes it seem more familiar than it otherwise might be. Full-flavored, drinkable and with a slightly bitter finish that leaves you ready for more.
Tin Mill Skyscraper (Hermann, MO)
Hermann’s first brewery since Prohibition makes a number of good to very good beers. This is one of the latter, a German-style pilsner with recognizable malt and apple flavors. Richer and more full-bodied than many pilsners; imagine Heineken without the suckage.
Schlafly Kolsch (St. Louis, MO)
Another German-style beer and one I come back to year after year. Not the most flavorful but there’s enough there to keep things interesting. Refreshing, lightly citrusy. Good times.
New Belgium Somersault (Fort Collins, CO)
On tap at The Pasta Factory’s new location, there is an up-front sweetness to this beer but it finishes dry (and leaves you wanting more).
Tallgrass Brewing Halcyon (Manhattan, KS)
Available in cans at Schnucks, this golden, cloudy American wheat is surprisingly creamy with a great citrus-sweet balance. I liked it even better as it warmed slightly. Like Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat all grown-up, and better. My favorite of the ones tasted.
Thornbridge Kipling (Derbyshire, England)
One of the more interesting beers I’ve tried lately. An American Pale Ale, brewed in England with the flavors of the South Pacific. Utterly delicious, refreshingly bitter and drinkable. A real joy, and available at Arena Liquors tomorrow afternoon.