Summer barbecues mean coolers full of ice and drinks—and, too often, that one picky friend who isn’t interested in anything there. For them, consider tossing in a fruited sour.
Boulevard’s Smooth Collider brings together bold banana and strawberry for a smoothie ale bursting with so much pureed fruit you could have it for breakfast. Brunch continues at Strange Days Brewing, where the Maple Blueberry Smoothie delivers a warm stack of pancakes in liquid form (don’t worry—there’s a lick of sour on the finish).
Beach bums will rejoice at Brew Lab’s outlandish-sounding Sunny B, a wine barrel-aged, mixed-culture sour: They’ve added a tropical burst of coconut and orange to their blonde ale.
More island vibes—and a boatload full of mango and guava—are packed into Casual Animal’s Gazoontight.
For the farthest out sour experience, try the Rainbow Soup at Pathlight Brewing. Brewers took a “more is more” approach to this beer, combining lactose, bright hops and a lush strawberry-mango mash for a truly magical fruited sour milkshake IPA.