Only a fool would recommend a soda instead of a beer when it gets hot out, but what if you could have both by the same damn brewery? Oskar Blues makes both a fantastic orange cream soda and a dry-hopped, 25-IBU beer named after a slang term for a joint, though strangely the owner said they named the beers after drinking a brew themselves. Though OB is a Colorado-based company and its employees could legally name beers after a hit of a pinner or two, this beer is actually brewed in its Brevard, NC, facility, a place where a pinner is illegal, but OB Pinners remain blissfully legal and plentiful.
The hippest little brewery in Brooklyn certainly lives up to its hype with this juicy, citrusy, and pleasantly tropical session IPA. Light on the malt and big on the hops, Forever Ever pours a hazy tangerine, capped by a snowy white head and bursting with fresh-cut grass and orange peel aromas. A touch of biscuit at the finish dries the palate and keeps you thirsting for more. The two-year-old microbrewery -- which operates out of a warehouse under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway -- releases these slate-gray tallboys sporadically and in super-limited quantities, so if you want to sample this treasure, make sure to line up bright and early.
San Francisco, CA
Speakeasy's been around since 1997, which makes it practically an OG in the Bay Area craft scene -- so why doesn't it serve (E-)40s? No matter. Its cans of Baby Daddy are interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it's the company's first foray into cans. Second, it's part of the Session Series, which also includes another session ale and a pils. And finally, it's the easy-drinking, summery version of its uber-popular Big Daddy IPA, a 60-IBU West Coast hop-filled delight. Baby Daddy has about 2% less alcohol and half the IBUs, but still plenty of hop flavor to keep the beer from boring the hell out of your palate.
Summers in Durango, where Ska is brewed, are a time to zipline and mountain bike while waiting for winter to come back. And waiting for that sweet, sweet fresh pow is a lot easier when you wake up and drink one of these suckers, as the brewery claims it pairs well with breakfast... as well as "summer, sunny days, rainy days, [and] winter." It's summertime; maybe your boss will understand.