In Minnesota, Summers are far too precious a commodity to waste sipping crappy beer. And so that you won't have to spend one more of them drinking it, we asked some of the top local brewthorities what they love to swill come Summer.
Rob Shellman, cicerone/ founder of The Better Beer Society Tallgrass Halcyon Wheat (Wheat Ale, 5%) Rob says: "This is the beer that changed my mind on wheat beers. It's an unfiltered American wheat beer using white wheat and dry-hopped with Citra hops. Tropical passion fruit, pineapple aromas, and flavor. The beer finishes bone dry, making you want another sip. Don't blink, it looks like you've already had three.
Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier (Rauchbier, 6.6%) Rob says: "This smoked beer from Bamberg, Germany is a staple for grilling season at my household. Whether it's the marzen with a pork butt, or the weizen with pepperoncinis, it's nice blend of smokiness with sweet malts and effervescence make this Summer beer a great one to cook with.
Victory Prima Pils (Pilsner, 5.3%) Rob says: "Fantastic German-style pilsner, one that I always have in my fridge. Great use of Czech and German hops, crisp, refreshing with grassy notes from the hops, which makes this a classic lawnmower beer... you know, if you happened to splurge for the Eddie Bauer gold-plated edition."