September 05, 2023 3 min read

What makes a perfect beach day? Warm sunny weather, a sandy beach, the sound of crashing waves, some good friends… Did we forget something? Oh yes, the most important thing of all – a cold, refreshing beer in hand.

While you could technically bring just about any beer to a beach with you, you need a proper beach beer for a perfect beach day. But what exactly is that?

When we think of beach beers, we think of clean, crisp brews that are not too high in alcohol and that don't taste too strong. Basically, we mean lighter, citrusy beers that you can sip for a long time on a hot day. Below, we explore the best beers to savor on the beach and tell you why they're ideal companions for seaside bliss.

Light Lagers

Beach and light lagers are a match made in heaven. And brands like Corona, Heineken, and Miller are ideal for hot, sunny days with their light, easy-drinking profiles and crisp finishes. The low alcohol content is another plus: you can sip leisurely all day without feeling weighed down.

Session IPAs

If you crave a bit of bitterness in your beer, session IPAs are about to become your best friends. They deliver that hoppy bitterness you like while keeping things light on the alcohol front. It's the best of both worlds – flavor and refreshment. Check out Lagunitas DayTime or All Day IPA by Founders Brewing , as they offer a great mix of hoppy bitterness and refreshing crispness.

two of beer on seaside

Sour Beers

Feeling adventurous and want to try something more unique? Sour beers are the way to go. With their tart and fruity notes, they're like a (beach) party for your taste buds.

The tanginess complements the salty ocean air, creating a refreshing contrast that's surprisingly addictive.

Brands like Anderson Valley's Briney Melon Gose or Westbrook's Key Lime Pie Gose are fantastic choices.

Smoothie Beers

If you're a proper adventurer and are looking for refreshing beers with a twist, check out smoothie beers. Brewed with fresh fruit purée, these thick, lush beers are slightly sweet, slightly sour, and a whole lot delicious. In essence, they're the perfect fusion of beer and smoothie. The most important thing about smoothie beers is that they have to be kept cold, so don't even think about going out without a good cooler.

Wheat Beers

Hazy, slightly fruity, and often served with a slice of citrus, wheat beers are perfect for adding a zesty twist to your beach day. Brands like Blue Moon and Hoegaarden have wheat beers that are perfect for enhancing your beach experience. The natural fruitiness pairs wonderfully with the beach's tropical vibes.

Canned Craft Beers

Opting for canned beers at the beach is not just a smart choice; it's a game-changer. Cans are more beach-friendly than glass bottles (they won't break and are more portable), and they shield your beer from harmful UV light. Many craft breweries now offer their finest creations in cans, making it easy to enjoy a craft beer while soaking up the sun.

Local Brews

Coastal regions often have breweries that create beers inspired by their surroundings. These brews might incorporate local flavors like citrus, sea salt, or tropical fruits, giving you a taste of the area's unique character. So, if you're visiting a new place and there are some local brews on offer, do not hesitate to try them.

Now, before you rush out to stock up on beach beers, remember to enjoy responsibly. Stay hydrated (with water!), follow local regulations, and clean up after yourself. Remember, the best beer to enjoy on the beach is the one that complements your taste and hot weather. Cheers to good times and great brews by the sea!

Author - Nurlana Alasgarli
Nurlana Alasgarli          

Content Specialist

Nurlana Alasgarli is a professional copywriter with more than 6 years of creative writing experience. Having lived and experienced all over the world, there are many writing genres that Nurlana follows, including adventure, outdoor and water sports. Nurlana brings life to content creation, captivating her readers.

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