30 Queen City Beers for 30 Days: Summer Edition

Looking for the perfect summer bucket list? Here are 30 of the newest seasonal beers from the Queen City area - ranging from a gluten-free IPA in University to a peach sour in Fort Mill. Can you try them all in 30 days?

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Via Divine Barrel Brewing

1. Marshall Berry Blueberry Kolsch

Where: Divine Barrel Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until they run out
Type of Flavors: “We refermented this Kolsch on tons of jammy blueberries before letting it lager for a few weeks to mellow. Look for a super clean base followed by a rush of berry goodness! This beer is named after the WFAE Morning Edition host, Marshall Terry, and a portion of the proceeds of this beer will be donated to WFAE’s local newsroom!” – Gavin Toth, Owner
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Light beer (5.2% ABV) with a berry flavor perfect for a hot day

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2. Supernova Berliner Weisse

Where: Legion Brewing
When It’s Available: Starting June 1st
Type of Flavors: Berliner-style Weisse with an exceptional amount of blackberry puree and an Italian soda-like crispness
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Refreshingly vibrant, plus it’s pink!

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Via Blue Blaze Brewing

3. SoBo Orangerine Hazy IPA

Where: Blue Blaze Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until they run out
Type of Flavors: Popular New England style hazy IPA (6.4% ABV)
Why It’s Perfect for Summer:“While it is still beer, it comes across very juicy; very similar to orange juice.  For an IPA, it is light and refreshing with a touch of tropical.  ‘SoBo’ is slang for a southbound thru-hiker on the AT, who starts in Maine (“New England”) and heads south to the other end of the AT in Georgia.” 

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4. Mariachi Static Lager

Where: Town Brewing Co.
When It’s Available: Now through end of summer
Type of Flavors: A light pale Mexican Lager that is crisp and brewed with pilsner malt and local corn
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “This is the perfect beer for pool-side drinking, long days on the lake, or to recover after mowing the lawn in the hot North Carolina sun.” – Brian Quinn, Head Brewer

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Via Salud Cerveceria

5. Paloma

Where: Salud Cerveceria
When It’s Available: Available now
Type of Flavors: Sour Gose with grapefruit juice, lime peel, and Tagin Chili lime salt
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Super satisfying with the freshness of the Grapefruit. This is a collab with Three Amigos Mexican Grill.

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6. Little Man Tate Sour

Where: High Branch Brewing
When It’s Available: Now through end of summer
Type of Flavors: A Gose made with raspberries, plum, and Himalayan pink sea salt. Fruity, light and light salinity.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: It will be on tap and in cans. Perfect pool or beach beer.

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Via Armored Cow Brewing

7. "Hell Yeah" IPA

Where: Armored Cow Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until September
Type of Flavors: Gluten free New England style IPA that is smooth and citrusy
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Golden yellow with a hazy or cloudy appearance with a refresh fruity notes and easy drinkability

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8. NoDajito Witbier

Where: Noda Brewing
When It’s Available: Available now
Type of Flavors: Mojito inspired, citrusy and refreshing
Why It’s Perfect for Summer“It’s a Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner in the Herb/Spice Beer category.  This mojito inspired Witbier is brewed with whole mint leaves and conditioned on lime juice, which creates the perfect combination of flavors to quench your thirst.” – Jenn Gallardo, Social Media Manager

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Via Sugar Creek Brewing

9. The Big Oh IPA

Where: Sugar Creek Brewing
When It’s Available: All spring and summer
Type of Flavors: “West Coast style IPA brewed and infused with California grown “Moro” Blood Oranges. This unique citrus fruit creates a deeper and more penetrating citrus flavor than the usual fruit-forward IPA. Hints of raspberry and grapefruit interweave harmoniously with new flavors created from novel dry hopping techniques. Copious amounts of Citra and Mosaic hops transform during fermentation into a bouquet of tropical and floral aromas. A touch of toasted specialty malt lends a subtle fresh baked-bread character to balance this incredibly refreshing ale. The result is an indescribable blend of euphoric flavors that you must experience first hand to believe.” – Eric Flanigan, Co-Founder
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: The Moro Blood Oranges make it the perfect refreshing beer to enjoy in the sun

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10. Country Kind of Silence Lager

Where: Resident Culture Brewing
When It’s Available: July 1st until they run out
Type of Flavors: “Munich Helles Style Lager – Brewed in the German tradition with a simple grist and a light kiss of German noble hops it is malt forward with biscuit and cracker notes, it drinks full but crisp and refreshing.”
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “It is light in alcohol and pale in color but has a nice malt backbone and full flavor. Imminently crushable without being watery and bland.” – Phillip McLamb, Resident Culture Brewing

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Via Birdsong Brewing

11. Fake Plastic Trees IPA

Where: Birdsong Brewing
When It’s Available: June 20th through August
Type of Flavors: Hazy IPA with lemon citrus notes and a piney hop bitterness compliment that compliments the wheat-based malt bill. Features Cascade, Sorachi Ace, and Comet hops.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Hazy and juicy, Fake Plastic Trees is the IPA you’ll want to grab on a hot afternoon.

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12. Pick'n Series Berliner Weisse

Where: Heist Brewery
When It’s Available: Starting in April, a new batch will be released every 3-5 weeks until September
Type of Flavors: “Pick’n Series is a heavily fruited berliner weisse style ale; a German style sour ale with wheat. We rotate the fruits that we use throughout the series. Our most recent batches featured Mango, and Strawberry Peach. We have utilized blackberry, raspberry, apricot, and many others in the past, and continue to search for the right fruits and combinations for the future.”
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “Number 1: low ABV at 4.1%. Number 2: all the fruits. Number 3: not too sweet, not too sour. Number 4: it’s beer.” – Ryan Place, Heist Brewery

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Via Ass Clown Brewing

13. Under a Sombrero Lager

Where: Ass Clown Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until they run out
Type of Flavors: Lime zest lager
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “It’s a light refreshing lager with a lot of lime on the nose and it’s only at 5% ABV.  So, your able to have more than one.”

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14. Whistleblower Watermelon Wheat

Where: Legal Remedy Brewing
When It’s Available: June through August
Type of Flavors: (6% ABV) “Brewed with pounds of watermelon purée and good old-fashioned American Wheat, this ale is light, crisp and delicious.” – Alex Hubbarth, Legal Remedy
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: This beer is perfect for Summer, with the seasonal flavor of fresh watermelon; it’s an easy drinking wheat ale for on the go adventures!

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Via Pilot Brewing

15. Razia's Mimosa Gose

Where: Pilot Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until the middle of July
Type of Flavors“A classic german-style, soured, wheat Gose style brewed with coriander and pink Himalayan sea salt, with blood orange puree added to secondary fermentation.” – Rachael Hudson, Co-Owner/Head Brewer
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: At 4.3%, this crushable pool-side beer has the aroma and flavor of a mimosa.

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16. Hospitali-Tea Ale

Where: Unknown Brewing
When It’s Available: Releasing on June 12th
Type of Flavors: Amber Ale brewed with black tea and orange blossom honey
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “No matter what type of beer you enjoy, we have the perfect beer for you to drink at the beach, pool, lake or just on your porch. Each offers a crisp, refreshing flavor that pairs perfectly with the heat of summer.” – Emily Fitzsimmons, Unknown Brewing

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Via Lenny Boy Brewing

17. Tangerine Dreamz Witbier

Where: Lenny Boy Brewing
When It’s Available: June through August
Type of Flavors: “Tangerine Dreamz is a delicious Witbier with a layered aroma of of tangerines and spices. Our spice blend includes coriander and chamomile. We also added a little lactose to round out the mouthfeel of the beer.”
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “Tangerine Dreamz is a super refreshing, crisp and fruity beer – perfect for a Carolina summer day. This might be your new go to beer to beat the heat!”  – Nathan Villaume, Lenny Boy Brewing Co.

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18. Chirps Up IPA

Where: King Canary Brewing
When It’s Available: Available now
Type of Flavors“This is a new hazy IPA with a tropical twist.  We took one of our IPA recipes and loaded it up with Citra and Cashmere  hops.  To put an extra tropical twist, we added a bunch of shredded coconut.”
Why It’s Perfect for Summer“It has a creamy note to it from the coconut and some customers have even said it reminds them of a pina colada!  Perfect for summer.” – Matthew Gravina, Owner/Head Brewer

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Via Catawba Brewing

19. Catawba Peach of Mind Farmhouse Ale

Where: Catawba Brewing
When It’s Available: Now through July
Type of Flavors: Belgian-style Grisette with aromas of stone fruits and Belgian yeast esters. Subtle undertones of banana and clove. Peach is prominent on the finish, while avoiding any cloying sweetness.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “Peach of Mind is a harvest-time session beer that showcases the fruity esters of its farmhouse ale yeast strain. A late addition of fresh Carolina peaches elevates this golden nectar to the sublime – while honoring Belgian tradition of infusing beer with local flavor. The result is a homegrown Grisette that captures the delicate, juicy essence of a peach. And we can think of no better way to savor the taste of summer in the South.” – Brian Ivey, Marketing Director

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20. Pink Grapefruit Brizo

Where: NoDa Brewing Company
When It’s Available: Available now
Type of Flavors: (4.85% ABV) A spiked seltzer that is the third that has been released. Gluten-reduced and made with natural ingredients.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer“The Grapefruit Brizo offers a sweet sort of pucker that will be welcome in the hot heat coming our way.”

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Via Wooden Robot Brewing

21. Ready Grisette Go

Where: Wooden Robot Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until the end of July
Type of Flavors: This low ABV  4.5%  sipper is brewed with malted wheat giving this Grisette body and complexity.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: :“Maintaining its refreshing qualities that the style is known for, it is the perfect beer for a warm summer day on our patio!” – Kristen Merkl, Wooden Robot Brewing

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22. Leeloo

Where: Protagonist Clubhouse in collaboration with Divine Barrel
When It’s Available: Now until it runs out
Type of Flavors: (5.0% ABV) A farmhouse ale
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Light and refreshing, perfect when it’s hot out!

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Via Blake Pope

23. Barracuda Bills Pseudo Pilsner

Where: Free Range Brewing
When It’s Available: Available now
Type of Flavors: (4.8% ABV) “A good pilsner is a thing of beauty…a unicorn…those tight pants that fit…just right. Well, brewing a pilsner is a rare occasion for us, so we decided to do one our way and create a pseudo pilsner, a.k.a A Carolina Boat Beer. And who better to brew a beer for, than our good friends at HELLO, SAILOR! This cool-fermented ale is crisp and light with a hint of floral and more than a touch pilsner-ish. It’s not your dad’s blue ribbon and he’ll thank ya for it.” – Jason Alexander, Co-Owner
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: It’s literally called a Carolina Boat Beer, what more can you ask for?

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Via Bold Missy Brewery

24. Nine to Five Honey Blonde Ale

Where: Bold Missy Brewery
When It’s Available: Releasing on June 28th
Type of Flavors: “Nine to Five is a medium-bodied deep golden honey blonde. Local NC honey from Greeneman Farms is added to both the fermentation process and the finished product for a rich honey flavor. With the added sweetness of the honey this beer is a deceptive heavy hitter so please drink responsibly. Inspired by Dolly Parton.” – Lybbi Roth, Tap Room Manager
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Golden, crisp, and sweet: the perfect combination for summer

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Via Protagonist Clubhouse

25. Pineapple and Spice Beer Cocktail

Where: Protagonist Clubhouse
When It’s Available: Ongoing/seasonal
Type of Flavors: With no liquor, this lager is combined with spiced hibiscus syrup, pineapple juice, ginger bitters, and garnished with a pineapple slice.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: Served on ice, and with fresh pineapple, this is a lighter take on a full beer.

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Via Triple C Brewing

26. Hyzer Hefeweizen

Where: Triple C Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until the end of August
Type of Flavors: A light, effervescent beer with notes of banana bread, a little spice and a creamy malt backbone.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: A traditional German wheat beer, it’s crisp and refreshing. Perfect for the pool, camping and any summer adventure you might take!

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Via Eleven Lakes Brewing Co.

27. Eleven Lakes Citrus IPA

Where: Eleven Lakes Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until the end of Summer
Type of Flavors: American IPA with a blend of zest from over 100 pieces of fruit and a healthy dose of Citra Cryo to create the perfect blend of hops, malt, and citrus!
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “This is well-balanced and very smooth IPA.  The citrus notes brighten both the flavor and aroma making it an ideal thirst quencher for summer!” – Wendy Raymond

 

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Via Armor Artis

28. Springs Farm Peach Sour

Where: Amor Artis
When It’s Available: Now until the end of July
Type of Flavors: A beer near and dear to Fort Mill’s heart.  This peach sour proudly features 500 pounds of local Springs Farm peaches added in secondary fermentation.
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “Peaches are harvested in the summer and there is nothing like biting into a fresh local peach, or in this case sipping a fresh local peach.” – Travis Tolson

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Via D9 Brewing

29. Tropiculture- Mango Juicy IPA

Where: D9 Brewing
When It’s Available: Now until mid August
Type of Flavors: “This is a Juicy American IPA. One of the most iconic juicy fruits, exquisite mango melds fascinatingly with citrus notes and mellow pine bitterness in this lush libation.”
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “This mango and hops collaboration pair perfectly together to give a refreshing burst of fruit with a classic smooth taste that you can always expect with an IPA.”– Caitlan Crewe

 

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Via Suffolk Punch

30. Pool Party Witbier

Where: Suffolk Punch
When It’s Available: Available on draft now and available in cans until July 17th
Type of Flavors: (4.7% ABV) A witbier brewed with orange peel, coriander, and elder flower
Why It’s Perfect for Summer: “The combination of Orange Peel, Coriander, and Elderflower, makes ‘Pool Party’ a wonderfully aromatic summer beer, the perfect partner in crime for those pool parties on a hot summer day.”  

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