Full Sail Session
"But internet writer, there are a million summer beers in Oregon, and you should probably swallow glass for forgetting (insert any of Oregon's 4,901 breweries here)," you say. Look, we get it. And in a perfect world, Burnside's Lime Kolsch would be as prevalent as PBR. It's not. But Full Sail's session is, and while it's a year-round beer, it's Oregon's summer beer of choice. The handheld grenade bottles make up for being an ounce short of 12 by being excessively easy to hide in a lawn chair's cup holder. The rock-paper-scissors bottle caps come in very handy for mid-float doldrums. And, shit, if you don't like the lager, there are IPA, stout, and cream ale versions. Not that you need them. The lager's just fine. And if you find yourself at a BBQ without it, well, go next door to a better BBQ.
Victory Summer Love Ale
Golden ale, 5.2%
Like we even had a choice for PA! It's called Summer Love. Fun fact: other than this brew, exactly zero of the other beers of summer were commissioned by tourism boards! The Philly tourism board asked Victory to make a beer for it, and the brewery responded by creating a sessionable seasonal that features a baseball on the can/bottle, which reminds certain sad Phillies fans like myself that the team is gonna suck for a while before it starts dominating the NL like it's 2008 all over again. I mean, Velasquez looks like he could be a stud, and Tommy Joseph will be a top first baseman in a few years too, right? What was I saying about beer again?