The Best Summer Beers of 2016

By Rowland Wasgatt on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Now that we've hit the Summer solstice, here’s our list of five summer beers to try from around the Fort Collins area breweries during these longer, hotter days...


Heavy Melon (New Belgium Brewing Co.) - New Belgium has concocted an interesting balance of watermelon and lime with aromas of ripe melon and citrus, and distant cereal notes. A nice light sweetness and nice snappy finish will keep you coming back to this over the summer.

St. Lupulin (Odell Brewing Co.) - Odell puts this summer seasonal out (now in cans) every May and it never stops pleasing. This dry-hopped pale ale has a very floral aroma, and its nice clean finish makes this a great pleasure on any hot day right through to September.

Helles (Zwei Brewing) - This German "Munich-style" Golden or pale lager is a traditional southern German beer, and will even please a domestic drinker or two. A nice bready smell and clean finish, you can also find an unfiltered (cloudy) version of this at Zwei called the "Keller Helles".

Stawberry Rhubarb Sour (Loveland Aleworks) - Subtly sweet with a great tart finish makes this beer from Loveland Aleworks a great find. Admittingly hard to find, but if you do you won't regret the trek. Enjoy this on any patio where it is hot as hell.

Apricot Provincial (Funkwerks) - This Belgian-style Sour Ale is fermented with a Belgian wheat yeast strain that gives it a nice citrusy apricot smell. The finish is refreshing and a dry-crisp mouth-feel that pairs well with the dog days of summer.

Fort Collins Brewery Guide's Summer Beers 2016 - Fort Collins, Colorado