Summers are made for honey beers and your friends at the National Honey Board (NHB) have compiled the below list of some of our favorite summer sippers that use honey to provide a crisp, light finish with a hint of sweetness. So grab your koozie and your lawn chair - it's time to pop a top on these honey beers and get your summer on!
Honey Weiss, Jacob Leinenkugel Company
Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss is as vibrant in color as the honey that is used to make it. The American wheat beer is inspired by the classic German-style weiss beer but strays from German beer purity laws with the addition of honey. In this beer, the honey lightens the body and provides a refreshing finish. If you’re feeling fruity, garnish the beer with a lemon wedge for an added citrus aroma that complements the sweet, subtle flavors of the beer.
Mexican Honey Light Lager, Indeed Brewing Company
Meet Indeed’s newest honey beer, Mexican Honey Light. This light lager is brewed with orange blossom honey for a bright, clean cerveza with a twist of citrus. This lower ABV version of the brewer’s popular Mexican Honey lager is perfect for outdoor parties when the temperatures rise.
Honey Orange Tripel, New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium’s Honey Orange Tripel is the perfect Belgian ale to enjoy this summer. The popular brewery’s take on a traditional Belgian tripel takes a sweet turn by the use of honey in the recipe instead of the traditional Belgian candi sugar. The honey’s subtle sweetness complements the use of orange peels that are freshly ground for 24 hours prior to the day they brew the beer.
Summer Honey Wheat, Blue Moon
Blue Moon’s Summer Honey Wheat is back! A perfect pairing with barbecue plates or poolside parties, this filtered beer crafted with clover honey is balanced by a hint of citrus. This was one of the original summer honey beers and modeled after a traditional Belgian white ale.
American Beauty, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc.
Dogfish Head, no stranger to using honey in its lineup of beers, partnered with the Grateful Dead to launch this delicious pale ale. The recipe was crafted to take you back to a Grateful Dead show, and is brewed with granola, wildflower honey and all-American Hops.
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