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Top 10 Summer Beers

Your License to Chill

Ballast Point Pale Ale is actually a Kolsch, a beer style originating in Cologne, Germany

Best Beers and Ales for Summer

Summer is a thirsty season, one for which beer is tailor-made. Delicious, nutritious and refreshing, beer is a 100 percent natural way to unwind after a long, hot day. Even better, beer is so cost-effective that even the finest brews rarely set you back more than a couple of bucks. From wheat beers and fruit beers to summer ales and brisk lagers, the flavor possibilities are endless, so why not break out of the mass-market mold this summer? Next time you're shopping, check out one of these world-class summer beers, and follow these simple steps: Chill. Sip. Chill. Repeat.

by Bob Barnes


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