Lawson's Sip of Sunshine
Sometimes, beer names are overly creative and twee. Sometimes they're dead honest, as is the case with this IPA from Lawson. It tastes like summer in a can, especially if you tend to think that summer tastes like tropical fruit soaked in booze and seasoned with bitter hop notes. At 8%, it's a bit of a doozy, which makes it a little dangerous due to the fact that, once the sun beats down, it can disappear into your belly pretty fast. But hey, when you're dealing with the best summer beer from a state whose beer cred is quickly surpassing its syrup, well, danger's not really an issue.
Lickinghole Creek Magic Beaver
Belgian pale ale, 5.5%
No, we did not select this beer solely because it has a hilarious name. I mean, yes, obviously the amazing name was part of our decision to name the sessionable, canned, Belgian-style beer with international flavor (as in, hops from NZ and the US) VA's beer of the summer. But it wasn't the entire reason! If you're too embarrassed to carry around a Lickinghole Creek Magic Beaver in public, perhaps you'll enjoy the refreshingly tart Devils Backbone Cran-Gose, a name which will probably get you a lot less side-eye poolside.