Now that the summertime heat is finally here we have some great tips to help you cool off with a cold one! If you’re looking for a refreshing beer to drink during those long, lazy summer afternoons that won’t sit heavily on your stomach, listen up. Below are some of the best tasting summertime brews that will leave you reaching for seconds, and thirds. Drink up and enjoy!

Victory Summer Love

A number of the entries here will be fruity and spicy, which are the hallmarks of summertime beers, but this one’s the exception that proves the rule. Brewed with Belgian and German wheat ales in mind, this pale golden brew offers a fresh, crisp, bready taste that won’t sit heavily on your stomach. Designed for those scorching hot summer days when only something a little on the dry side will do.

Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale

The perfect end to a perfect day, Oregon Brewery’s entry on the list features clean, toasty malts and mildly spicy hops. Just wth body enough to be a substantial brew, but light enough that it won’t weigh heavily on you after a day spent cooking out and feasting with friends and family.

Leinenkugels Summer Shandy

An intriguing entry because it’s blended with lemonade and brewed with honey. That might make a hard core beer lover raise a skeptical eyebrow, but the light, sweet flavor is both crisp and refreshing. Exactly what you’re looking for if your main focus is having fun in the sun.

Anchor Summer

A full bodied beer that’s not so full bodied that it sits like the anchor it’s named after in your stomach. Robust enough to be served with dinner, light enough to enjoy on the beach. The perfect blend for those endless summer days and nights.

Smashed Blueberry

This entry by the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, ME is both marvelous and potent. Featuring a complex tapestry of roasted barley, chocolate malt, blueberry and coffee, more than a few of these and you’ll be a bit wobbly on your feet. The blueberries take a backseat to the rest of the flavors, making this a drink that will appeal to even those who aren’t fond of fruity beers. Fantastic.

Wells Banana Bread Beer

Our last entry comes from the Wells & Young Brewing Company, and while you might not think of bananas and bread as going together, one whiff when you open the bottle will leave you salivating. There’s something that just screams home and childhood memories about the scent, and its flavor is oddly both dry and sweet. A great end of the day beer, and almost a desert in and of itself.

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Why not come and join us and get a cooling taste of these and other great beers for all seasons at the Edmonton International BeerFest 2015?