Summer Craft Beers

June 28, 2011 8:23:34 AM PDT
It's the season of barbecues and cook outs. Whether you're throwing brats, burgers or ribs on the grill or planning a picnic, some refreshing summer brews can help enhance the flavors of your favorite foods.

Becky Nischik of Town and Country's Distributors visits ABC7 to share tips.

Town and Country Distributors supplies a variety of beers to stores across the Chicago market. This summer, in addition to the seasonal favorites, they are offering 3 brand new flavors: MGD 64 Lemonade, New Castle Summer Ale and Mike's Strawberry Lemonade.

Click here to see Town and Country's full summer list.

Suggested Summer Beer and barbecue/picnic pairings:

Blue Moon Honey Wheat - Summer Ale
Summer Greens Salad with Strawberries and Pecans

This Ale captures a light summer taste with a fun Bluemoon twist. Brewed with clover honey, orange peel and malted white wheat. The citrusy flavors match perfectly with accented juicy strawberries and pecans while balancing the brews hop notes through leafy greens of the salad. Style: Light American Style Wheat Ale ABV: 5.2 percent

New Belgium Somersault
Teriyaki Hamburgers

Somersault is a perfect way to roll into summer-ridiculously fun and easy to drink! An amber tinted blonde with its Apricot sweetness and ginger snap help contrast the distinct flavors of the teriyaki spice. The slight citrus accentuates your choice of smoked and grilled meats- perfect for any backyard BBQ. Style: Blonde Ale ABV: 5.2 percent

Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy
Herbed Shrimp and Pasta

Summer Shandy is a lemonade flavored lager. Each batch is carefully brewed using the finest wheat, malted barley and a hint of real Wisconsin honey. The light, crisp flavor pairs well with salads and the lighter fare. It is also great will all types of seafood and grilled veggies. Style: Specialty Beer ABV: 4.2 percent

Harpoon Summer Beer
Wisconsin Cheddar Brat

Harpoon Summer Beer is a Kolsch-style brewed to be enjoyed with summertime activities. It is light, refreshing, and crisp. This Golden Ale is still light enough to not overwhelm the flavors of the cheddar, while the hops enable to cut through the hardiness of the brat. Style: Kolsch ABV: 5.0 percent

New Castle Summer Ale
Sweet and Spicy Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

While New Castle Summer Ale is complex enough to accompany any gourmet meal, it is also great at barbecues, picnics, or any time you want a smooth, refreshing beer. The mild hoppiness and slight bitterness is assertive enough to stand up to spicy meats and sauces- especially an all-American favorite- the sloppy Joe! Style: Ale ABV 4.4 percent

Leinenkugel Summer Sampler Pack -- CANS!
Chicken Quesadillas, Fruit Salad, BBQ Chicken Wings

Leinenkugel's summer variety includes four distinct flavors in a convenient can! The can package is perfect for on-the-go summer activities. Enjoy mixing and matching up your favorite style with a variety of light summer dishes and finger foods!

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