A summer beer is meant to bring the same sensation as a summer rain—refreshment. You’re looking for an ice cold, crisp beer to help you beat the infamous heat of the East Coast. You want a beer that’s not going to weigh you down, but pair well with whatever is on the grill at the moment. But don’t just reach for your go-to mainstream beer, Jersey’s favorite craft breweries have put together the perfect brews for this summer. They’re offering something light & refreshing for every palate. Light, hoppy, fruity, or sour—but most of all—thirst-quenching. Take a look at our favorite summer beers for 2022.
E.Z. Peezy Peach | Blonde Ale | Axe & Arrow Brewing
With the perfect amount of peachiness and a strong citrus finish, Axe & Arrow is ushering summer in with a vibrant welcome. Their signature lemon & black tea blonde is back with a peachy twist. Light, crisp, fruity, and refreshing.
Time Peace | American IPA | Westville Brewery
The self-proclaimed “quench your thirst” IPA is the perfect hoppy option for this summer. Brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, Time Peace leans towards a Northeastern style IPA, but without the weightiness. Flavors of orange, mango, passionfruit, and grapefruit come together for a juicy finish.
Desire | Hard Cider | Armageddon Brewing
For your sweet tooth and cider-drinking friends, we recommend this hard apple cider made with fresh New Jersey blueberries. A subtle yet noticeable blueberry burst on the tip of your tongue the moment you taste it, followed by a pleasant, almost candy like sweetness that ends with the flavor of apples and leaves you asking yourself why you’ve never had anything this good before.
Harker’s Glory | American Pale Ale | Swedesboro Brewing
Harker’s Glory offers beer fans a pleasant balance between hops and malts, which makes it one of the most approachable and enjoyed beer styles available. Its citrus-like hops and caramel-like malts impart the sensation of a soft body and carry a toasted maltiness throughout. Served ice cold, this ale offers the perfect mild IPA experience for summer.
Chiefest & Greatest of Calamities | Sour | Eight & Sand Brewing
Sweet and not too tart, this fruited sour is one you do not want to pass up. Brewed with Dragonfruit powder and Pink Peppercorns. Sour and refreshing, with intense dragonfruit flavor and a mild pepper spiciness. Sweet, tart, but still light and easy to drink.
Sunshine Patriot | Wheat Beer | Death of the Fox Brewing
Their take on a true classic Belgian Witbier, Death of the Fox put together the perfect brew to pair with warm weather. Hints of coriander, lemongrass, and orange peel. Light, crisp, and flavorful. The delicate spice notes are carried by a smooth citrus flavor all throughout. Highly drinkable, certain to become a summer favorite.
Nonesuch | New England/Hazy IPA | Core3 Brewery
Put simply, there is nonesuch an IPA as this. Hoppy, crisp, and highly drinkable. Nonesuch is your go-to for slipping into a koozie and digging your toes into the sand.
Best Craft Breweries in New Jersey
The Two Bridges Wine, Beer, & Spirits Trail takes you on a tour of the best craft beverages in Southern New Jersey. Find your new favorite brewery, winery, or distillery in NJ, and taste countless carefully-crafted beverages along the way. Each and every one of our members is ready to introduce you to their unique craft beverage experience. We encourage you to visit the tasting rooms of each of the members to discover the depth and range of craft beverages being produced in Jersey. Plan your trip today.