Historically speaking, Georgia's summer can be kind of a dick. It gets oppressively sultry, agonizingly humid, and, for those very special few weeks, borderline unbearable. Walking the streets of Atlanta during this time feels kind of like wrapping your feverish body in a soaking-wet thermal blanket and going for a jog. It gets hot, is what we're saying, and you might want to have yourself a beer to cool off. In fact, you deserve it. Hell, have 12 beers. There happens to be a list of precisely that many tasty, refreshing brews just below this paragraph. Go on, drink up.
Dale's Pale Ale (Oskar Blues): While many summer drinkers might prefer a lighter, fruitier fare, for the sweaty, insatiable hopheads, Oskar Blues' flagship will satisfy. At 6.5 percent ABV, it's not the most sessionable ale on the planet, so maybe don't down six by the pool without a lifeguard nearby.
Prima Pils (Victory): Pilsners sometimes get unfairly stereotyped as bland or boring, but Victory's take is loaded with personality. Hop-tinged with a refreshing bite, Prima Pils is ideal for an afternoon of porch sitting and people watching.
Oberon (Bell's): This perky, slightly fruity seasonal makes the trip from Kalamazoo to Georgia every summer, much to the delight of many a wheat-loving palate. Pro-tip: Combine with champagne for a delicious beermosa that'll add a little zest to brunch or a park picnic.
Long Day Lager (Red Hare): As its name suggests, this Marietta brew pairs nicely with the end of a job well-done. Although, to be fair, the Bohemian-style pilsner packs enough hop punch to go well with just about any situation.
Hefe-Weissbier (Paulaner): In describing its best-seller, German brewery Paulaner uses words like "sparklingly mild," "fruity," and "delicate." With good reason, too — this hefeweizen is liquid summer.
Golden Wing (Finch): This tall boy blonde ale recently arrived in Georgia from Chicago. Pouring with a big head and eminent drinkability, Golden Wing makes a summer day fly by.
Allagash White (Allagash): A Belgian wheat by way of Portland, Maine, Allagash White's brewing process incorporates coriander and Curacao orange peel.
Waterkeeper (SweetWater): The second run of SweetWater's philanthropic hefeweizen comes in a 22-ounce bottle and is intended to raise awareness for the Waterkeeper Alliance, which "focuses citizen advocacy on the pollution issues that impact our waterways and communities."
Festina Peche (Dogfish Head): Possessing a low ABV (4.5 percent) and fermented with peaches, this Weissbier combines an old-school Berlin style with Georgia's fuzzy fruit of choice.
Rodenbach Grand Cru (Rodenbach): For the adventurous summer sipper, this Belgian sour will keep lips puckered and palates refreshed. Sour ales aren't for everyone, but you aren't everyone, right?
Easy Rider (Terrapin): Athens brewery Terrapin retired its Sunray Wheat for this "hopped up session ale" that takes its name from an iconic movie and its flavor from five hop varieties. At 4.5 percent ABV, it makes for easy sipping indeed.
Hell or High Watermelon (21st Amendment): San Francisco's purveyor of elegantly designed craft brews 21st Amendment knows a thing or two about smart packaging. It also knows how to gently introduce fruit to its brew, as this smooth, easy-drinking wheat proves can after can.
Lawd, please stop advertising the hostel. It's a sacred space.
one addendum: take the golden isles highway to brunswick rather than I-16. it's like going…
How is the stupid rap "music" version of The Great Gatsy supposed to be classy?
Absolutely fabulous. My summer is planned.
Dahlonega is a great little town!