Best American Lagers to Drink All Summer Long


What does summer mean to you?

Could it be cannonballing into the pool, splashing around in the waves on the beach, barbecuing in the backyard, putting your feet up and catching a game, or just lounging around and reading a book on the patio? However we choose to celebrate the hottest days of the year, you can bet that we have an American lagers in our hands. (Albeit, a craft one).

Why? Because this beer style pairs with summer like hot dogs and baseball, like mustard and ketchup, like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. You get the point.

According to the Beer Judge Certification Program, American lagers are “a very pale, highly carbonated, light-bodied, well-attenuated lager with a very neutral flavor profile and low bitterness. Served very cold, it can be a very refreshing and thirst-quenching drink.” Light, crisp, smashable, crushable, refreshing, effervescent, and sessionable, American lagers and American light lagers embody all these words. Yes, we recognize that Bud Light, Miller Lite, and their ilk fall under this category. Obviously, we’re not talking about your dad’s yellow fizzy water.

Below you’ll find 100 percent highly crafted, medal-winning, innovative, well-made American lagers. And the best part? These American lagers showcase breweries from various backgrounds, geographies, and cultures. From a beer in California representing the first African American brewery in the country to a back-to-back Great American Beer Festival (GABF) winner in the middle of Illinois to an Iranian-owned Brooklyn brewery, these are our favorite American lagers to drink on any summer weekend.

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