Summertime, Summer Brews: Local Seasonal Craft Beer Selections

By: Toni Cunningham | June 9, 2014

I’m a pretty big Michigan craft beer fan, and the summer months are my favorite time of year to indulge in some locally made brews. One of my favorite weekend activities involves kicking back with an Oberon in hand on a warm summer night.

In case you’re more of a Bud Light fan, allow me to share with you some of Michigan’s best summer craft beers. Try just one from the list and broaden your horizons!

Atwater Brewery, 237 Joseph Campau St., Detroit

  • Summer Time Ale, a crisp wheat beer with citrus notes, is available now

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery, 311 S. Main St., Ann Arbor

  • Luciernaga “The Firefly,” is a hoppy and silky beer with a spicy aroma, which was released this month
  • Weizen Bam Biere, a golden ale with notes of clove, banana and nutmeg, is another summer release

Bell’s Brewery, 8938 Krum Ave., Galesburg

  • Oberon, a citrusy wheat ale that is available all summer long, is available in pretty much any form: on tap, in a bottle, in a can, and in a mini-keg

Motor City Brewing Works, 470 W. Canfield St., Detroit

  • Summer Brew, a wheat beer with notes of citrus, is available now through September

Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington St., Ann Arbor

  • El Hefe, a German wheat beer with notes of banana, clove and honey, is available throughout the summer months

Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor

  • Bavarian Bliss Hefeweizen, a wheat beer with banana, clove and lemon, is available now through September
  • Festival Saison, a malt beer with pink peppercorn, is available through August, but only on tap at Arbor Brewing Company

Liberty Street Brewing Company, 149 W. Liberty St., Plymouth

  • Clementine Lemon Thyme, a wheat beer with citrus and thyme, is available through August

New Holland Brewing, 66 E. 8th St., Holland

  • White Hatter, a Belgian-style white ale with fruity and spicy notes, is New Holland’s summer staple

Short’s Brewing Company, 121 Bridge St., Bellaire

  • Nicie Spicie, a citrusy wheat beer made with a three peppercorn blend, is available until August
  • Short’s releases several limited edition beers throughout the summer months including Key Lime Pie (mid June), Indie Spruce Pilsner (late June), MMMKay (early July), Strawberry Short’s Cake (mid July), Cerveza de Julie (early August), Wowee Zowee (mid August) and Noble Chaos (late August)

Enjoy one of these beers on a patio, in a brewpub, or at home on your deck courtesy of a six-pack. Whatever you’re drinkin’, that’s what I’m drinkin’, Metro Detroiters. Cheers!